Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has expressed doubts over the Whites potentially signing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi this summer.
The Lowdown: Leeds linked with Batshuayi
Marcelo Bielsa may be eyeing up more attacking depth, bringing in an understudy to Patrick Bamford and easing the burden on the 27-year-old.
The Latest: Mills casts doubts over move
Despite Batshuayi’s pedigree, Mills has serious reservations about him potentially joining Leeds.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former England defender claims that it would be a big ‘gamble’ by Bielsa, remaining unconvinced about the 27-year-old’s all-round worth to the Whites as he said:
“I just look at that and think ‘Is that another Bamford?’
“In all honesty, you’ll be hoping he comes good rather than knowing that he’s going to be good. He can clearly score goals but his form has been incredibly sporadic in the past few seasons.
“It’s a little bit like Patrick Bamford was. He’s missing a lot of chances and people are going ‘How’s he missed that?’ Batshuayi is like that. He was almost blocking things off the line.
“When I look at Batshuayi I think ‘It’s a hopeful signing and a bit of a gamble.’ Rather than looking at somebody who can be a guarantee.”
The Verdict: Worth the risk?
The fact that Bielsa worked with Batshuayi at Marseille acts as a potential positive behind Leeds signing him this summer, with the Argentine knowing the striker’s game well.
That being said, the 27-year-old’s career has become an increasingly unconvincing, nomadic one and he isn’t reaching the level many expected of him – Chelsea have already sent him out on loan four times, while he hasn’t hit double figures in a league campaign since 2015/16 in Ligue 1.
Given the money Batshuayi would likely cost, Leeds would be better off looking elsewhere for an alternative to Bamford.
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