Not on Bamford's level: Radrizzani must swerve "exceptional" £6.7m-rated Leeds target – opinion
Leeds have been linked to a move for out of favour Barcelona man Martin Braithwaite. According to Ekstra Bladet (via Sport Witness), the striker isn’t looking to pursue a move in January but the La Liga giants are trying to convince him otherwise.
He was originally signed as a panic decision in order to boost numbers, but as expected, he has now fallen drastically down the pecking order under Ronald Koeman. Despite being contracted until 2024, the Catalonians are looking to make a quick sale on Braithwaite and the Whites are said to be in the running for his signature.
But despite the attractive nature of his £6.7million Transfermarkt value, Leeds should avoid making a move for the underwhelming striker.
Why Leeds should snub Braithwaite transfer
The 29-year-old has been limited to just six cameo appearances for Barcelona this season across all competitions and he is yet to open up his scoring portfolio for the term.
Last campaign, despite playing for both Barca and Leganes, Braithwaite only managed to tally seven goals and one assist in 35 league appearances. For a striker yet to reach 30 years of age, these numbers aren’t exactly spellbinding and certainly don’t justify spending £15million on him in February (via BBC Sport).
The Denmark international has already spent time in England during his Middlesbrough era, one that also left a lot to be desired. Braithwaite netted just nine times in 40 appearances for the Boro before moving to Spain, and despite Tony Pulis lauding him as an “exceptional” player, he clearly struggled to adapt to the high intensity of English football.
But if the Dane couldn’t hack Championship football, it’s more than likely that he would be bowled over by the demand of the Premier League.
Leeds earned promotion after a painful 16 years away from England’s top flight and they will need to recruit wisely in January in order to ensure they survive their first season back. Patrick Bamford is crying out for a strike partner to help him carry the Whites forward, but an international forward who struggles to reach double figures is not an ideal option for the 27-year-old sharp-shooter.
In other news, Cellino made massive mistake in selling Billy Sharp…
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