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Marcelo Bielsa would make a massive mistake by landing centre-forward target who cost £9.2m

The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club can return to the Premier League next season under the watchful eye of Marcelo Bielsa, but recent reports suggest that the Argentine is looking in all the wrong places in the transfer market.

The Breakdown

It’s no secret that Leeds United are in the market for a new centre-forward this summer as rumours circulate regarding a handful of potential targets. The likes of Abel Hernandez and Baghdad Bounedjah have been heavily linked with a switch to Elland Road, but a recent report from The Sun suggests that the club have added a Premier League striker to their wish list, namely Jordan Hugill of West Ham United.

After enjoying an impressive opening to the 2017/18 season with Preston North End, Hugill earned a chance to prove himself in the Premier League as West Ham paid £9.2 million to bring him to the London Stadium last January.

However, Hugill made just 3 cameo appearances totalling 22 minutes of competitive football in a thoroughly underwhelming opening to his career in East London.

Leeds’ interest is rather misplaced considering how miserably he failed to break into a team which was hardly firing on all cylinders in the final-third.

His record of 8 goals from 27 appearances for Preston prior to his transfer was hardly groundbreaking either, and if Leeds want to genuinely challenge for promotion next season they will need to aim much higher in the transfer market.

A natural target man by trade, Hugill is far from a good fit for Bielsa who has generally favoured mobile strikers in his career so far and, with that in mind, the recently-appointed manager would be wise to turn his attention towards alternative targets this summer.

Leeds fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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