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Missing out on Jack Marriott was a blessing in disguise

Missing out on Jack Marriott was a blessing in disguise

Marcelo Bielsa took over the club in the summer and has since turned Leeds into one of the most dynamic teams in the league, and one that has a strong possibility of gaining promotion back to the Premier League this season. 

Over the summer, a lot was made of Leeds’ lack of transfer activity in comparison to other teams. Indeed, Leeds only signed two players on permanent deals (Patrick Bamford and Barry Douglas), while also signing Izzy Brown, Lewis Baker, Jack Harrison and Jamal Blackman on loan for the season.

As a result of that relatively small batch of incomings, Leeds have started to feel the effect of having a fairly small squad. With Kemar Roofe, Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez out with injury, Bielsa has had to look towards the youth academy for help.

Without Roofe, Leeds don’t have a top class striker to step in, especially with Bamford out injured.

According to Peterborough chairman, Darragh MacAnthony, Leeds were interested in signing now Derby striker, Jack Marriott last season.

The Breakdown

Marriott was a star for Peterborough last season and scored 27 goals in 44 games in the league. He joined Derby over the summer for a reported £3 million fee and looks like he’s going to be a vital player for Frank Lampard.

While some may argue that he would’ve been a superb signing for Bielsa, in Roofe, he has arguably the best striker in the league and one that has blossomed by being the main striker in the side.

If Marriott had joined we may not have seen Roofe develop into a top-class striker and one that could take the club into the Premier League.

Thoughts Leeds fans? 

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