The big news this week at Leeds United was that owner Andrea Radrizzani has courted investment from the San Francisco 49ers to the tune of around £10 million.
Whilst investment in the club is welcome, in fact most welcome, what long-suffering Whites want more is twofold: results and success. For these fans, that money is no good sitting in a corporate account. Rather, it needs spending to bring real threat to the club.
One area where the Whites suffered last year was in front of goal, their deficiencies in this department laid bare for all to see. As the season dragged on, the lack of a consistent replacement for Chris Wood’s 27 league goals became apparent.
Yes, Kemar Roofe ended with 11 goals and, yes, loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga ended the campaign with 10 strikes. Yet, these efforts were in fits and starts – the goals were never consistently there for Leeds United fans to rely on.
However, according to the Nottingham Post, for around £9 million the Whites could bring in two players who would more than go some way to redressing that negative imbalance. In the linked article, the Nottingham Post state that Peterborough duo Marcus Maddison and Jack Marriott, both said to be on United’s radar, are available for a combined £9 million.
Both Marriott and Maddison have been linked with the Whites towards the tail-end of last season, United having also had previous interest in the duo. Of the two, 23-year-old Marriott, with 33 goals behind him, would be the more expensive of the duo with the Nottingham Post saying “it’s being reported Posh want £6.5m to secure his services” – a figure derived from a Sun article.
Maddison meanwhile has been placed on the transfer list with a £2.5 million fee on his head. Whilst not as deadly in front of goal as Marriott, it will be the 18 assists that will catch the eyes of suitors keeping tabs on the former Newcastle youngster.
Whatever the price, that 49ers-invested £10m-or-so that bought the NFL side a minority investment in Leeds United looks temptingly like it could be used to bring in two classy signings.