Having been linked with many already this summer, it’s obvious that a striker is at the top of Leeds United’s summer shopping list.
Abel Hernandez, Jordan Hugill, Matej Vydra and Felipe Caicedo have all been mentioned in connection with a potential switch to Elland Road by various sources. So far though, no arrivals appear close to being confirmed.
Bielsa’s hunt for a new frontman is clearly continuing, and the new Leeds boss may want to turn to the French market in order to consider a move for Lille’s Yassine Benzia.
For all of the hype and promise of his youth, Benzia’s career has stalled somewhat in recent years.
As a 17-year-old, Benzia was dubbed the new Karim Benzema by Le 10 Sport, and was prolific in the France youth international set up before later switching his allegiance to Algeria. Following his move to Lille in 2015 though, Benzia has failed to develop as expected.
As a Lille player, he went over a year without a goal, and even since breaking that duck he has been far from prolific.
The best thing for Benzia, to get his career back on track, could well be a move. Leeds United should roll the dice on the 23-year-old as he is a very talented attacker who still has all the attributes to become a top striker.
The slight step down in level that would come with a switch to the Championship could be what it takes to get Benzia firing again.
Bielsa is capable of getting the best out of struggling players, and if he could repeat that trick with this young forward then he’d have one of the most technically gifted and naturally talented strikers in the second tier on his hands.