Leeds United are comfortably ensconced in third place in the Sky Bet Championship – a dazzling start enabling them to survive a drop-off in form.
They are there or thereabouts courtesy of Marcelo Bielsa’s reinvigorating brand of high-press, high-octane football. Sides such as Stoke City and Derby County were swept aside under a deluge of possession football that constricted the life out of sides.
Whilst form has dropped, including a veritable hammering at West Brom, Leeds United’s dazzling start has enabled them to remain within touching distance of the table’s summit.
Yet, Leeds United fans are increasingly saying that to stretch this performance, there needs to be investment in the January market, new players simply have to be brought in to Elland Road.
One concern, ladled upon the top of needing defensive cover, is that the Whites need an out-and-out target man to lead their line. According to The Sun’s Michael Morgan, this is Tottenham Hotspur outcast Fernando Llorente.
Spanish striker Llorente, winner of 24 Spain caps and scorer of seven international goals, played under Bielsa at Bilbao; now The Sun’s Morgan says this is about to happen again.
Saying that the Whites are “eyeing [a]shock deal” for the 33-year-old and Bielsa’s intent to land his man is heavily mentioned in the article. Morgan says that “Bielsa feels the powerhouse 6ft 4ins goal grabber” is just the right man to renew and refresh the Whites flagging force in front of goal.
However, Leeds United are also warned that they face tough opposition in former side Bilbao, a side where he netted 118 times in 333 appearances.
He’s 33, he’s not as wick as Kemar Roofe, he’s faced a season of inactivity and lack of game time. Bearing in mind all that, and more, would Fernando Llorente be an option going forward for Leeds United? Short answer is all that is needed – with a little elaboration as garnish.
So, short answer – yes. Garnish, well he’d be that imposing focal point that the Whites need – like an upgraded Chris Wood. He’d slot right into a side that regularly create chances, and his football acumen would place him in that right spot, at that right time. Wages to be an issue – of course. Yet, all things considered, Leeds United would be crackers to let this one drift by.