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Leeds should move for Martin Braithwaite this summer

Leeds should move for Martin Braithwaite this summer

Leeds United should make an attempt to land Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

What’s the word, then?

Braithwaite joined Boro from Toulouse in 2017 and the attacker has scored nine times in 40 appearances for the English club in all competitions. The attacker spent the second half of last season on loan at Bordeaux, however.

Braithwaite ultimately stayed at Boro and managed three goals in 17 Championship appearances before joining Leganes on loan earlier this month.

The 27-year-old made his debut for the Spanish club in their 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the last-16 stage of the Copa del Rey on January 9.

Braithwaite was back in the XI for the second leg of the tie on Wednesday night and scored the only goal of the match as Leganes emerged victorious.

Leganes still exited the competition 3-1 on aggregate, but Braithwaite showed his quality for the second successive match against Real Madrid.

Why should Leeds move for him?

It seems unlikely that Braithwaite will turn out for Boro again.

The attacker has a contract at the Riverside until the end of the 2020-21 campaign, but will surely be sold at the end of this season.

There has never been a question over the Denmark international’s quality, but he has just been unable to settle at Boro.

There have been doubts over Braithwaite’s work-rate, but he would have no choice other than to give everything if he represented a team managed by Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds will be looking to improve their squad this summer regardless of whether they are promoted to the Premier League.

And Braithwaite would be very clever and indeed inexpensive signing for the Whites.

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