Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes that Adama Traore would be a great signing for the Whites and prove to be an upgrade on Helder Costa.
The Lowdown: Traore linked with Leeds move
The Spain international has been one of the Premier League’s most eye-catching wingers over the last few years due to his incredible speed and physicality.
The Latest: Pundit urges winger to join
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan urged Leeds to acquire Traore’s services, believing that he could bring an X-factor to Marcelo Bielsa’s side. The 46-year-old said:
“I think Liverpool have looked at him. I’m sure many other clubs have looked at him as well. There was a question mark over his end product maybe two or three years ago.
“He was a bit like Theo Walcott, he had all the pace and did the hard bit but that end product was questionable. Traore has really improved in that area, we’ve seen how powerful he can be.
“He can play out wide it through the middle and he offers you that little bit of something most players don’t have. Raw pace and power. Bielsa won’t sign a player based on one good season.
“Would it be a risk? No. Helder Costa hasn’t really done anything. We need a winger who can produce consistently. Traore would be a real asset.”
The Verdict: A gamble worth taking?
Traore is a devastating player on his day, but there are still concerns over his end product, with just two goals and two assists in 37 Premier League appearances last season.
Considering he would likely cost a substantial amount – he is rated at £27m by Transfermarkt – that makes signing him a risk, although Bielsa may feel he can fine-tune the winger’s game.
Ultimately, the manager should be trusted with regards to signing Traore, but it could be argued that the money could be spent on a more productive winger despite Whelan’s endorsement.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly set to offer a key player a new long-term deal. Find out who it is here.
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