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Leeds United: Club should make ‘intelligent’ signing of youngster

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Journalist Conor McGilligan has tipped Leeds United to secure the signing of 20-year-old striker Armando Broja in the summer transfer window, despite challenges from other Premier League clubs. 

Leeds struggled for goals this season, ranking 16th in the league for goals scored with only Wolves and the three related teams Burnley, Watford, and Norwich scoring less than the Yorkshire team throughout the season.

This poor form has unsurprisingly led Marsch and the Leeds brass to look for a new striking option in this summer’s transfer market to bolster their options and give their American manager more options than Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo.

The latest rumours come from McGilligan on his YouTube channel, One Leeds Fan Channel, where he has suggested that the Whites will look to currently Chelsea’s Broja, who spent last season on loan at Southampton and impressed throughout.

He said: “I’ve spoken about Armando Broja, although Armando Broja’s parent club being Chelsea, it’s an interesting one because I believe Broja will go on loan again, because I don’t think he developed as much as Chelsea would have liked in the latter half of the season.

“I think he went off the boil, really, when it comes to the last sort of three or four months. So can I see Leeds going in for Armando Broja? He’d be an intelligent signing, but does that really fit the Jesse Marsch system?”

Will Leeds sign Broja?





TIF Thoughts on McGilligan’s comments…

Broja, who has been described as ‘devastating’, would be a great signing for Leeds despite the fact he only managed to score nine across all competitions and while he did not make it into double digits, it would rank third among the Leeds squad this season and therefore would be an upgrade on what they are currently working with.

However, Broja does have another aspect to his game that should entice Marsch and the rest of the Leeds hierarchy, he works hard defensively. According to Fbref, the striker ranks in the 86th percentile for aerials won with 4.28 per game, the 81st for interceptions among forwards and the 76th for blocks. There is no doubt Leeds will be defending a lot next season and therefore bringing in a tall striker who isn’t averse to helping out off the ball would be a great opportunity.

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