Leeds United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Championship season following the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as the club’s new manager earlier this month.
The former Argentina and Chile boss replaces Paul Heckingbottom at Elland Road after the Englishman was relieved of his duties back on June 1, having led the side to just four wins in his 16 matches in charge. However, there is much optimism among our resident Leeds fans following the appointment of Bielsa, who is an extremely highly rated coach, and the one those Whites supporters lining up at the bar are hoping can lead their team back to the Premier League.
As such, there are many excited and optimistic Leeds fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested by recent reports suggesting that Andre Gray could well leave Watford this summer.
And having showed huge ambition in luring Bielsa to Elland Road, the Whites must seek to do the same again by making a move for the £13.5 million-rated hotshot (as per Transfermarkt) to Elland Road.
Ultimately, things haven’t quite worked for the 26-year-old since his move to Vicarage Road last summer, with the Englishman managing just five goals in 31 Premier League appearances for the Hornets last term, starting just 16 times for Javi Gracia’s side.
And having mustered just five league starts in 2018, it’s clear that Gray is some way down the pecking order at Vicarage Road, and as such could well be open to the prospect of a move this summer in a bid to resurrect his career.
And Leeds should offer him that chance, what with the 26-year-old having proven his worth at Championship level in the past in netting 41 times in just 88 appearances at second tier level, 18 for Brentford and then 23 for Burnley in their run to the Championship title back in 2015/16.
Thus, it’s clear that the 26-year-old knows exactly where the back of the net is at second tier level, and in a Leeds team that, whilst weren’t the worst in front of goal last term, are in need of further attacking options, he could seriously flourish.
Kemar Roofe and Pierre Michel Lasogga were the only men to reach double figures for the Whites last term, and with the latter seemingly not returning following his loan spell from Hamburg, Bielsa simply must reinforce the striking ranks at Elland Road – Gray’s arrival would do just that.
Yes, it may be tough to convince him of a move back down to the Championship, but with expectations high following the appointment of Bielsa, it’s perfectly plausible that the 26-year-old may well be playing in the Premier League once again in little over a years’ time.
And having shown ambition in appointing Bielsa as their new manager, the Yorkshire giants must now be equally-ambitious by making a move for Watford’s linked-away Gray this summer.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!