Oh Leeds, you never cease to amaze me.
Leeds have reportedly entered the chase to sign West Ham United’s Jordan Hugill, according to The Daily Star.
Does this possibly mean that Kemar Roofe’s injury is worse than was initially suspected? Or is this purely to add another body to the roster in preparing for the long Championship season ahead.
Would a signing like Jordan Hugill purely be overkill? Or perhaps a case of hoarding him to one side so that other teams don’t come in for him? Whilst it is important to have depth at this level, I fear that this may be one man too many.
Leeds last year played predominantly with one man up top last year. Whether that was in a 4-2-3-1 formation, or a 4-1-4-1. If you were playing a formation with two men up top, let’s say Roofe and Bamford with Hugill on the bench, then you could make an argument for signing Hugill to add to the rotation and to fill in if someone is injured or suspended.
However, if you have three men fighting for one space, then that is going to lead to problems down the line when someone doesn’t get as much game time as they feel they should be getting. And when you throw in the likes of Tyler Roberts, Mateusz Bogusz and Rafa Mujica as well into the equation, and it could be a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth.
Plus when you look at it, his record in the Championship isn’t exactly anything to write home about, 29 goals in 137 games is worse than 1 in 4, and even those stats are padded by one good season he had in 2016/17 where he got 12 goals. Is it really worth breaking the bank for someone who is valued at £5.40m, that can’t guarantee you more than ten goals a season?
In my mind, this is a move that Leeds United need to back out of quickly. That money could be better used somewhere else, like finding a centre back to replace Pontus Jansson.