Whilst Leeds United are among the top-scoring sides in the Sky Bet Championship, this has come about largely through goals being shared out.
Since the departure of figurehead striker Chris Wood, the Whites have struggled to find that out-and-out goalscorer to top out their attack. However, according to French-language source ‘Le Buteur’, this could be about to change come the winter transfer window.
Le Buteur say that Leeds are ready to renew their interest in Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah. The 27-year-old has 19 caps and seven goals to his name, but that’s not what has caught the eye. It’s his strike-rate in Qatar-based Stars League for Al Sadd.
Bounedjah has hit 26 goals and five assists in only 13 games so far this season. These goals have arrived at the rate of one every 45 minutes, including an astonishing SEVEN against Pablo Hernandez’s old club Al Arabi. He also has a further three hat-tricks and has only failed to score in two games this season.
This helps to form an astonishing 55 goals this calendar year, impressive in anyone’s money. Olympique Marseille are said to be leading the way, but Leeds are also noted to be interested – Al Saad looking for £16m for their goal-getting striker.
Le Buteur say that Bounedjah’s form has led Bielsa’s Leeds United to return with a “more important offer” in the hope to be able to persuade Al Saad to part with the Algerian. Le Buteur do report that Bounedjah said only last week of the ‘interest’ in him that he’d only consider a move away from Al Sadd for a “good” European club.
As the following video shows, the Algerian certainly knows where the goal is, and is a powerful presence in the air. However, the prohibitive price-tag might see Leeds United shy away somewhat, even more so seeing as Marcelo Bielsa has said that he’s not actively recruiting in the January market.