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Leeds United: is Rover’s striker Taylor made for Whites

“Bookmakers exist to take money from fools,” those were the words of my later Grandfather. It is their very profession to not get things wrong, well not too often anyway.

It is bookmakers Bet Victor who, according to an article written earlier on The72, have installed Leeds United as joint 4/1 favourite to sign prolific striker Matty Taylor from Bristol Rovers. The Whites share this joint-favourite position with fellow 4/1 shots Wolves, but may face some competition from 14/1 shots Brentford, according to West London Sport.

It is widely-known that Leeds United boss Garry Monk is in the market for a goal-scoring partner or option other than that provided by the Whites’ current top-scorer Chris Wood, who is Leeds’ main goal outlet with 13 for the season so far. Other than Wood, there’s not a Leeds United player even close to grazing double figures.

If there’s one thing that Bristol Rovers’ Matty Taylor has in him it’s goals! Plenty of them too.

The 25-year-old already has 15 in the bag from 24 League One games, this total following his step up from League Two last season. He was no slouch in that level of competition either, scoring 27 goals in 46 appearances – goals that propelled Rovers to promotion. In all, across 129 games for Rovers, Taylor has struck 67 goals.

As for the goals he scores, he scores all types. He can hit them with both feet, and from either close in or at range. He’s not afraid to let fly from distance, when he does so preferring his predominant right foot. The video also shows that he gets himself into good positions and has a powerful headed goal in him. In essence, he seems like the complete striker.

However, questions do remain that would trouble fans of Leeds United, indeed any club that are said to have an interest in him. I guess that the main one would be the step up in class. Yes, the same ratio of goals are there in League One that were there in League Two but does that translate to a supposing that they’d be there in the next step up at Championship level?

In a way, what Leeds would be looking at is a rinse and repeat of the Kemar Roofe story should they be serious about firming up the interest and moving from a 4/1 shot to the owner of Matty Taylor’s shooting boots. Roofe was on fire for Oxford last season in League Two, just as Taylor was for Bristol Rovers. Roofe bypassed League One and is beginning to show flashes of the promise that he has in him on the bigger stage that is the Sky Bet Championship.

Roofe, of course, came from the very side that Matty Taylor started his professional career at – Oxford United. He also came to Leeds United laden with League Two goals. That’s one thing that a striker never loses, the ability to get into positions and score goals. Taylor does that, he has shown that he scores goals too, in spades, across all leagues. Like a knock-out specialist in boxing, they may lose sped and mobility but that punch is always there.

Should Leeds United really be looking for goals, then they could do worse than take a punt on Matty Taylor at Bristol Rovers. After all, he’s shown that he’s more cpable of Habib Habibou and Edgar Çani – both of whom have pulled on a Leeds shirt in the past few seasons.

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