Leeds United are targeting a move for Besiktas’ Cyle Larin, according to Fotospor.
However, the Whites face competition for the forward with his current club Zulte Wagerem possessing the option to make his loan move permanent at the end of this campaign. The publication is also claiming that the Turkish side are considering selling the Canadian for €4m (roughly £3.3m) as opposed to the €2.5m (roughly £2.1m) the Belgian side can sign him for at the end of his temporary spell.
A move for the Canada international really would be a baffling transfer from a Leeds point-of-view especially due to the fact they already possess Jean-Kevin Augustin, who has received praise from none other than Lionel Messi. Back in 2016, the Barcelona attacker listed the Red Bull Leipzig loanee as one of nine ‘wonderkids’ to watch out for in the future (via Daily Star).
Augustin’s career path of Paris Saint Germain, Leipzig and Monaco make him a brilliant option for the Whites as it shows he has experience in two of Europe’s top five leagues. He has also notched up decent attacking contributions over the course of his relatively short career, having scored 35 goals and assisted 14 in just over 130 appearances (via Transfermarkt).
Meanwhile, Larin’s career path shows that he doesn’t have the experience of the 23-year-old France youth international. Over the course of his time in football. Indeed, the majority of the 24-year-old’s appearances have come for Orlando City in Major League Soccer, which was blasted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who claimed it’s wasn’t at the ‘level of Europe’ (via ESPN).
Leeds already have Augustin on a temporary deal with a view to a permanent transfer (via The Guardian), showing they possess the upper hand should they want to keep the striker beyond this season. The former Monaco man has better levels of experience which make him a far better option than Larin, who looks likely a fairly underwhelming addition to the ranks given the level of his career to date.
However, what makes signing Augustin, over Larin, a no brainer is the former’s experience in Bundesliga and Ligue 1, which may help the centre-forward adjust to the Premier League quicker than his Canadian counterpart should the Whites get promoted this year.
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