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Marcelo Bielsa could unearth hidden gem by landing 25-goal international attacker

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 could be set to do exactly that, albeit, in the most unlikely of packages. 

The Breakdown

Leeds United have been rumoured with plenty of strikers so far this summer as Marcelo Bielsa begins to lay the foundations for a potential promotion bid next season. The likes of Abel Hernandez, Jerry Mbakogu and Matej Vydra have been linked with a move to Elland Road, but another name has been added to the list of targets recently according to Algerian media outlet DZ Foot

The report claims that Leeds have made an approach to sign Baghdad Bounedjah from Qatari outfit Al Sadd, although a potential deal could fall through due to the player’s reluctance to take a pay cut.

It’s easy to sympathise with Bounedjah’s situation as a move to the Championship represents a huge step to take in his career, but his record in the Stars League suggests Leeds could unearth a hidden gem if they are able to come to an agreement with the 26-year-old this summer.

During the 2017/18 season, the Algeria international notched a staggering 25 goals from 19 games in all-competitions, failing to score in just 3 matches in the process.

With a record as eye-catching as that it’s no wonder that Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds hierarchy are expressing an interest in the unkown striker, even if a deal would carry plenty of risk.

However, the opportunity to sign Bounedjah is a unique one which could pay dividends for Leeds in the long-term future if he is able to adapt to the intensity of English football and settle into unfamiliar surroundings.

Naturally, the Leeds supporters will be hoping their club can land a striker who is proven in English football, but those players are difficult to come by and cripplingly expensive, so the club might be wise to take a gamble on Bounedjah this summer and hope he can consistently find the back of the net in the Championship.

Leeds fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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