Are the club not in danger of repeating the same mistake again?
That seems to be my big takeaway from the latest reports surrounding Leeds United and their latest transfer target.
According to a report from Football Insider, Leeds United have entered ‘preliminary discussions’ with Southampton over forward Che Adams with the idea of bringing him on a six-month loan, replacing the departed Eddie Nketiah. This despite reports that Southampton were going to turn down any offers that came in for the 23-year-old, so it looks as if Leeds have managed to twist their arm to at least let them take part in negotiations.
Regulars to this site will know where I’m going with this, but I am very much against the idea of bringing in someone like Adams, despite his goal record, because we could find ourselves in the same situation that we did with Nketiah.
I’ve written before that Leeds needed to go down the path of bringing in a more experienced player, and with a player like Adams, unless the plan is to put him out wide, where he has played occasionally in his career, then there’s no way that he is dislodging Bamford, as Marcelo Bielsa has hinted at in recent days, that’s the reason that they’re going to struggle with targets this window.
And let’s be honest, he’s not dislodging Jack Harrison or Pablo Hernandez out wide, so any way you look at it, someone is going to be left out of the starting line-up, and it looks like it would be Adams in that scenario.
Unless he is happy being a backup, or this is just some ingenious plan to hoard him away from our Championship rivals to avoid him coming to haunt us later in the season, then this plan to bring him in just doesn’t make sense.
Would you take Adams on loan from Southampton?
And then you can add Southampton to the list of clubs that might have trust issues with the club going forward.