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Vydra close: Now Leeds must add £5.4m-rated fellow hotshot to storm the Championship

According to The Daily Telegraph, Leeds United are on the verge of sealing a deal for Derby County forward Matej Vydra. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to the Whites in recent times and has reportedly been left out of Derby’s squad for their pre-season tour of Tenerife, and with a deal for the Czech star close, the Yorkshire giants must now seek to add Jordan Rhodes to their ranks in a bid to storm the Championship.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, 26-year-old Vydra finished as Derby’s, and indeed the Championship’s, top goal-scorer last term in netting 21 goals in 40 appearances for the Rams, thus continuing to prove his credentials as a hugely adept forward at second tier level.

And with 65 goals in 187 appearances in the Championship, the Czech Republic international will add a significant amount to the Leeds striking ranks, while the addition of Sheffield Wednesday’s Rhodes would add even more to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.

The 26-year-old made the move to Hillsborough initially on loan in 2017 before making the move permanent later that year, yet things haven’t quite gone to plan for the Scotland international given he has scored just eight league goals in 51 Championship appearances for the Owls.

However, his struggles in Yorkshire shouldn’t detract from an otherwise outstanding second tier record, with Rhodes having scored 83 goals in 159 games at Championship level for Blackburn Rovers, as well as six in 18 games for Middlesbrough to help them win promotion back in 2016.

So while things haven’t gone to plan at Hillsborough, one mustn’t forget that just a matter of years ago, Rhodes was scoring goals for fun in the second tier, and alongside the equally-prolific Vydra, they could strike up quite the partnership in Bielsa’s side.

And even if the Leeds chief decided against playing both of them together, there aren’t many better players to have on the bench if one isn’t quite producing the goods – it would be a striking department to be feared.

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Yes, the Whites weren’t the lowest goal-scorers in the second tier last season, but only two men reached double figures in Kemar Roofe and Pierre Michel Lasogga, and with the latter not returning after spending last term on loan at Hamburg, goals could be a problem this season.

Yet they certainly won’t be if Vydra and indeed £5.4 million-rated Rhodes (as per Transfermarkt) join the club this summer, which is why with the former closing in on a move to Elland Road, the Whites must seek to add the latter in a bid to take the Championship by storm this season.

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