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Leeds United: Algerian international striker Baghdad Bounedjah on club’s radar

Leeds United: Algerian international striker Baghdad Bounedjah on club’s radar

It’s been quite a couple of seasons for Leeds United. Having just missed out on promotion last term, they are ready to challenge all over again. 

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Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who currently sit fifth in the Championship, have lost two out of the last five games – making a slightly worse start to this campaign than they did the last.

Despite it being way too early to make any predictions, United need a winning-streak or some kind of unbeaten run in order to assert their dominance over the division.

With that, the Lilywhites, according to reports from French outlet Le Buteur, could be back in the hunt for Algerian international Baghdad Bounedjah.

Bounedjah has long been on Bielsa’s radar, at least reports suggest, and the Leeds manager could reignite his interest in bringing a top striker to Elland Road for a relatively good price.

The 27-year-old forward, currently playing under Barcelona legend Xavi for Al Sadd in Qatar, first sparked United’s intrigue with a phenomenal 2018 – scoring 59 goals in a calendar year.

And, he currently has three goals to his name in one appearance in the Stars League this season.

Bounedjah was apparently open to the move, but it unfortunately fell through, with Patrick Bamford remaining the only viable forward on Leeds’ books.

The deal allegedly never happened due to finances, with Al Sadd demanding £15 million for his release clause combined with Bounedjah’s high wages.

Now, however, the deal could be back on the cards following another impressive run of form – especially after Algeria’s 3-0 win over Colombia – a match where the striker grabbed a goal.

Indeed, his record on paper suggests that a £15 million release clause could be steal, but there are other factors to this transfer that need to be taken into account.

For instance, many may argue that the Qatari league isn’t anywhere near as competitive as the Championship – putting question marks around the legitimacy of the forward’s ability.

Eddie Nketiah or Patrick Bamford?

Nketiah

Nketiah

Bamford

Bamford

Leeds fans, is Bounedjah worth a punt on? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!

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