Leeds United’s search for a new centre-forward has been a consistent theme of the club’s rumoured transfer activity so far this summer, but as of yet they seem no closer to securing the signature of a lethal centre-forward.
The likes of Jeremy Mbakogu, Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra have been heavily linked with transfers to Elland Road this summer among a host of other names, but Bielsa is yet to secure the signature of a new striker.
With Leeds hoping to launch a promotion bid next season the supporters are desperately hoping to see a new striker arrive at the club in the coming weeks to spearhead a new-look attack under Bielsa.
Naturally, proven goalscorers are like gold-dust in the transfer market and don’t come at anything less than a premium price, so it’s no wonder that Leeds’ hunt is proving to be a drawn-out, tedious process.
However a solution could yet be on the horizon in the shape of a free-agent with an intriguing track record in European football, namely Emmanuel Emenike.
The Nigeria international is renowned for his blistering pace and will be familiar with both FIFA and Football Manager enthusiasts, but his impressive career has taken a dip somewhat in the past twelve months.
After struggling to break into the first-team at Olympiacos, Emenike embarked on a loan move to Las Palmas last season in La Liga where he failed to make a single appearances for the club, although his absence was largely due to a nasty injury he sustained shortly after arriving in Spain.
The 2017/18 season was essentially a write off and ultimately resulted in Olympiacos terminating his contract with a year left to run, as recently confirmed by Gunes.
There’s no doubt that his recent season makes for sceptical reading for Leeds supporters, but considering he is available on a free transfer Andre Radrizzani has almost nothing to lose by offering him a contract; a pay as you play deal could even be in the offing on the basis of his recent injury problem.
The fact that, during his career, the 31-year-old has bagged 21 from 42 in Russia’s top-flight and 34 from 94 in the Turkish top-flight suggests he is well worth a gamble this summer.
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