Leeds are in no mood to mess around this summer.
We’ve seen all areas of the team improved so far over the last few months as the Whites look to build on finally having a Premier League side again.
Not since 2004 have the Yorkshire side contested in the top-flight of English football.
It’s been a bumpy few decades for Leeds but they look in a rather bright place at the moment.
Marcelo Bielsa has changed the face of the football club and with the help of Victor Orta, recruitment is now looking extremely positive.
Joe Gelhardt has arrived from Wigan while both Illan Meslier and Jack Harrison have returned to Elland Road.
Arguably, though, their incomings in the academy have been even better. They’ve pounced on their new Category One status to sign Cody Drameh from Fulham, Charlie Allen from Linfield and Dani van den Heuvel from Ajax. They aren’t done there either.
Steps now need to be made to improve the first-team picture, however. Plenty of domestic names have been linked and that continued over the weekend.
A report from The Mirror suggested that Leeds are targeting not one, but two players at Liverpool. One of which is Rhian Brewster, but we’re going to focus on interest in a more senior striker.
That happens to be Belgian forward Divock Origi.
Leeds see him as a viable alternative if they fail to land their top target Odsonne Edouard.
However, any chase won’t be easy. Aston Villa were touted with a move for Origi a few weeks ago.
He’s currently valued at £14.4m so Victor Orta presumably won’t have to pay too much to acquire the 25-year-old.
GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…
Let’s cut to the chase, Leeds need Premier League proven players.
Origi would fit the bill in terms of that. He has appeared 91 times in the top-flight and scored 19 goals in the process.
The number of appearances bodes well, but the regularity at which he finds the net is a little bit of a concern, especially considering Patrick Bamford’s record in the top-flight. He has scored just once in 27 outings at that level.
What’s important to consider though is how highly thought of by his peers he is.
One of the best centre-backs of the Premier League era, Vincent Kompany reserved special praise for the forward back in 2014.
He said: “He is very gifted and talented. Technically, he’s a monster. More importantly, he is an outstanding worker in training. I see him working like crazy. If he continues in this way, in a few years he will be among the five or ten best strikers in the world.”
Kompany might be right that he’s an outstanding worker, but he isn’t even close to being one of the ten best strikers in the world.
That being said, this would be a valuable move for Bielsa, a manager who appreciates hard workers and wants his players to train hard.
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