Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has discussed the potential of the club making a move for Argentine striker Adolfo Gaich.
The Yorkshire club are on course for promotion to the Premier League as Championship leaders and they will restart their season with a trip to Cardiff on Sunday 21 June.
With the Whites in pole position to return to the top flight for 2020/21, Bielsa will likely want to bring in some new faces to strengthen the squad.
Gaich, who has impressed in his homeland of Argentina with San Lorenzo by netting five goals in 12 games, has now emerged as a possible target. The young talent has a £12m release clause in his current contract at the club which will expire in one-year and it is thought that Leeds are now set to trigger that fee.
Touching on the matter, Whelan said to Football Insider: “They’ve obviously done their checking on this player and not just over a short space of time, it’ll be a lengthy scouting mission looking at this sort of player.
“Sounds to me very much like a Ryan Edmondson – very good in the air, very powerful, strong so they’ve obviously seen they maybe need a little bit more height and power up front.
“He seems to know where the goal is, I’ve seen some of his clips, I’ve looked at him already and he’s a player, if he’s in the Argentina national squad, then he’s a player that is quite handy to have. You don’t just get into the Argentina side alongside Messi without being a very good player.
“I’m sure they’ve got a number of quality strikers in Argentina they can choose from so he obviously has something pretty special and £12million release clause, for someone so young, seems like a very, very good price.
“We’ve always said we need a change up front, something a little bit different – everyone was saying Ryan Edmondson but now this Argentinian player is different.
“He’s a bit more of a hold up player, he’s not blessed with pace from what I hear but he knows where the goal is and can bring others into play. It’s exactly the Patrick Bamford-type player but a bit more rugged, I would think, up front. If we can get this one it’s a good coup.”
Whilst it would be a gamble to bring in Gaich, given his inexperience and having not played in Europe, Bielsa’s presence at Elland Road could help the youngster develop in England and become a potent striker like Bamford, who has struck 13 goals for Leeds this season.
Having gained an international cap for Argentina already, the young striker certainly has made the right impressions. Although a possible move to the English Premier League could be a huge step up for him, a fee of £12m for a bright young talent ought not to be disregarded.
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