Leeds’ search for a striker has taken a new turn, with Fenerbahce’s Michael Frey the latest player on the radar, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
At 6’2″ tall the 24-year-old is a player in a similar mould to Patrick Bamford, and has what Bielsa wants from his strikers – an eye for goal and the ability to link up well with supporting forwards.
One factor that stands out about the Swiss is his six clubs in five years. It can be seen as a positive, given he has played in three different top divisions across Europe for Young Boys, Lille and Fenerbahce, but it also suggests he is a player that might lack commitment or struggle to settle down, which is not what we need if we are to mount another serious promotion campaign next season.
His goalscoring record also leaves a lot to be desired, having scored just five goals this season. Promotion-winning teams always score lots of goals, and it was an area of weakness this season for us.
The caveat is that the Süper Lig is a higher standard than the Championship, but if we are serious about promotion surely we should be targeting proven Championship players, who know the level and are able to adapt quickly – particularly in a Bielsa system which requires a lot from the players.
Fenerbahce paid £2.4m for Frey just last year, but he was often overlooked in favour of other players and could find himself surplus to requirements, which could open the door for a move to Yorkshire.