Phil Hay has provided an update on Leeds United’s chase of Southampton attacker Che Adams.
During a podcast released on Monday evening, he revealed that the 23-year-old still remains as the Whites’ number one target in the current transfer window. He said: “As it stands it is Che Adams is still first choice, the priority target, despite Southampton and Ralph Hasenhuttl, in particular, being so resistant to what Leeds are offering.” (Source: The Athletic)
The big question with regards to the prolonged chase of the player is, how long are they willing to wait before moving on to another target? Watford’s Andre Gray looks to be the number two target with Football Insider reporting on the Yorkshire side’s interest in him. However, let’s say the club can’t sign Adams due to Southampton’s persistence in keeping him, but, Nigel Pearson’s men have suffered an injury before the Elland Road outfit come calling, the former Burnley man may most likely remain at Vicarage Road.
That would leave Leeds scrambling the market to sign a striker as they desperately require reinforcements at the front end of the pitch. Patrick Bamford is the only number nine as of right now with Tyler Roberts currently out injured and Eddie Nketiah having been recalled by Arsenal.
To add to all of this, Marcelo Bielsa’s sides have lacked goals in recent weeks, making the need for a forward look even greater. After scoring five goals away to Birmingham City, the club have scored just one goal in their proceeding four fixtures, as per WhoScored, despite having outperformed their last three opponents, Arsenal, Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers, in the final third.
Chasing one player will prove detrimental to the club’s bid to achieve Premier League promotion. The pressure will only increase further and further if Bamford is being relied upon as the side’s only goalscorer. He has shown with his misses last Saturday that he needs to be replaced, however, failure to do so could well mean no top-flight football come August, an issue that will need to be shouldered by the hierarchy.
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