Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, former Whites keeper Paul Robinson has hinted that the time may have past for Marcelo Bielsa to snap up Southampton forward Che Adams – with the 40-year-old pundit going on to say that Leeds will be looking for a ‘different calibre‘ of player.
Robinson, who started 93 league games for the club over a spell lasting seven years (SoccerBase), has since gone on to deliver his verdict on all things Leeds – with the ex-England international now hinting that Adams will not sign for the Championship club following reported January interest (The Telegraph). Adams, who scored a prolific 22 goals in 43 league starts for Birmingham City last campaign, eclipses current forward Patrick Bamford in almost every way going off his stats over 2018/2019 – with the Englishman averaging more key passes (1.5), goals (22) and assists (4) during the full season (WhoScored). The only numbers Bamford excels in are shots per game (3.4), but this could indicate a lack of clinical finishing given Adams’ superior goal record with fewer attempts on average.
However, despite Adams seemingly being more suited at Championship level, Robinson claims Leeds could be looking elsewhere for striking additions who can cut it in the top flight if they get promoted – with the 23-year-old yet to score a Premier League goal.
“If Leeds get promoted then the budget will be bigger and Leeds will be looking for a different sort of player – as opposed to a player who can’t get in another Premier League side,” claimed Robinson to MOT Leeds News.
“I think Leeds will be looking at a completely different calibre of player if they go up – as all teams do when they get promoted.
“Look at West Ham with Jarrod Bowen. He’s a fantastic signing for the Premier League but also a brilliant signing if West Ham were to get relegated.”
Indeed, if Robinson’s comments are anything to by, it may be safe for Bielsa to hunt elsewhere for proven top-level strikers – even if Adams’ stats showcase prolific goalscoring form in England’s second tier.
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