Leeds given chance to sign Chelsea ace

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Leeds United are back in the Premier League.

It has been 16 long years for the Whites as they have desperately toiled in the Championship, attempting to find a way to reach the promised land.

The appointment of Marcelo Bielsa proved inspired, though, and they stormed to the title in 2019/20.

Indeed, they ended the season a huge 10 points clear of second-placed West Bromwich Albion, thus avoiding the prospect of playing in the play-offs.

As the summer transfer window clicks into gear, though, they will be aware that they need to strengthen.

They will be competing with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United throughout the season, and they need to improve their starting XI if they are to make the most of their return to the top-flight.

And it seems that plans could be underway.

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Agents, of course, have plenty of power in the modern game and they are said to be consistently proposing players for acquisition to Director of Football Victor Orta.

Get French Football News reports that one such player is Michy Batshuayi, the Chelsea striker.

The Blues star has struggled for minutes this season, making just 16 Premier League appearances; only one of those was a start.

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He did score in a 4-1 win over Southampton but appears to be out of favour under manager Frank Lampard and his representatives are trying to formulate an exit for the forward.

Orta is said to have been offered hundreds of players, and it remains to be seen if the 29-cap Belgium international becomes a target in the window.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Leeds have to filter these offers to ensure they only secure the best players they can acquire.
Batshuayi may not be that man, however.

He has struggled for goals throughout his time in the top-flight, making 59 appearances in the Premier League and scoring 13 goals.

That works out as a goal every 0.2 games, and that is not the kind of strike rate that Bielsa will be looking for from a first-choice striker.

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He is familiar with strikers that struggle to score goals routinely, given Patrick Bamford’s struggles.

Ironically enough, he has scored 26 goals in 72 games for the club; a strike rate of 0.3 goals per game.

That’s better than Batshuayi. For that reason alone, the Blues man has to be ignored.

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