Leeds United may elect not to add another striker to their ranks before the end of the summer transfer window, according to Leeds Live’s Beren Cross.
Jesse Marsch currently has the likes of Patrick Bamford, Joe Gelhardt and Rodrigo available as a no. 9.
Bamford, who was restricted to seven Premier League starts last season by injury problems, has already encountered his first issue of the new campaign and is a doubt for Sunday’s game against Chelsea.
Gelhardt, meanwhile, still lacks experience at the age of 20, with just 21 Premier League appearances under his belt.
On the other hand, Rodrigo has started the season in fine fettle, scoring three goals in Leeds’ first two matches, but is thriving in the number ten role.
The Whites have tried unsuccessfully to add another centre-forward option, losing out to AC Milan in the battle to sign Charles de Ketealere from Club Brugge.
Addressing supporters in a Q&A, Cross predicted that Leeds would not bring in a reinforcement, barring a serious injury or a change in the situation of one of their targets.
They’re conscious of providing a platform for Gelhardt, and their faith in Rodrigo has increased .
“Based on the noises we are hearing behind the scenes and in Marsch’s press conferences, my gut instinct is they won’t add anyone else now unless they suffer a serious injury to a senior player,” he said.
“One of their key arguments is avoiding a block in the path of Gelhardt’s development.
“Rodrigo’s goals have also pushed him into the debate at the right time for the club to believe he’s another reason they don’t need another striker.
“We can disagree with that approach, and I believe they do need another forward, but this seems to be the route they are going down.
“I understand there are still forwards out there who do fit the profile they want, but Leeds will only move if they are made available before the window closes.”
Who might be the targets Leeds are monitoring?
Well, one of them could be 21-year-old Benfica frontman Goncalo Ramos.
Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias (via Sport Witness) reported earlier this week that the Whites are battling fellow Premier League sides Newcastle, Everton, Southampton and Wolves for the signing.
Intriguingly, they claimed that Benfica didn’t want to lose him prior to their Champions League qualifying tie against Dynamo Kyiv.
They won the first leg 2-0 and, if they can secure their place in the group stage on Tuesday, then perhaps that could see him ‘made available’. The uncertainty might be holding up any move.
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