The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club can sign a prolific striker this summer to help with their promotion bid, and recent reports suggest they believe Felipe Caicedo is the man for the job.
With Marcelo Bielsa appointed to lead the Whites’ promotion charge during the next campaign there is a new sense of optimism lingering at the club. The Argentine has arrived with a glowing reputation and the supporters are expecting big things from him, but they appreciate Andre Radrizzani will need to back him in the transfer market to achieve the desired result.
According to Italian media outlet II Tempo (via talkSPORT), Felipe Caicedo is surplus to requirements at Lazio and is edging closer to a move to Elland Road.
The Ecuador international has made a whopping 68 appearances at international level, scoring 22 goals in the process, but Leeds supporters are likely to know him from his brief stint with Manchester City rather than his international exploits.
Although he ultimately failed to make his mark on the Premier League at the spearhead of City’s attack, Caicedo undoubtedly proved that he can be a menacing prospect for defenders to face up against when he finds top form.
Caicedo is not the quickest striker Leeds fans are likely to see at Elland Road in the years to come, but he certainly possesses physical power to get the better of his opposite number both with the ball at his feet and in the air.
The 29-year-old was guilty of being caught offside all too often during his City career, however, it must be considered that he was a young player finding his feet in the game and he’s likely to have become more intelligent when timing his runs with plenty more experience under his belt.
Whilst he has never been totally prolific, Caicedo is the type of player who offers a genuine physical presence along with technical quality in the final-third to ensure his side pose a goal-threat.
A record of 3 goals and 2 assists from just 6 starts in the Europa League last season suggests that he could finally find his goal-scoring touch on a regular basis if Leeds are willing to place their trust in him and start him on a regular basis, so Bielsa should do everything in his power to sign the Ecuadorian this summer to add firepower to his front-line.
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