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Leeds United – 5 things to know about Eredivisie target

According to news coming out today, Leeds United are said to be looking to patch the striker hole in their threadbare squad with a move for Heracles winger-cum-forward Brandley Kuwas.

The Dutch-born right-wing-cum-striker is said to be on the Whites watchlist as the Elland Road side struggle to find a regular scorer to sit up top of their 4-2-3-1 formation.

After Chris Wood’s departure, faith was placed in Hamburg loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga who has responded with five goals in ten games, including a début double against Burton Albion at Elland Road.

With Lasogga joining the treatment board, a fit-again Caleb Ekuban was pushed up front and gave more than a good account of himself, before suffering a further injury setback. His second injury gave Kemar Roofe a chance to shine, which the former Oxford United forward eagerly took advantage of – scoring a hat-trick against QPR.

With neither being seen as the long-term answer, Leeds United eyes are seemingly cast elsewhere and looking at the Dutch leagues and Heracles’ Kuwas as a possible answer. The Express say that United are after a January deal and that “Elland Road chiefs have held talks” with the player’s representatives.

Five things about Brandley Kuwas for Leeds United fans to know
  1. Only in Dutch football: Kuwas has never played outside of his native Holland. He started off in junior football with Hellas Sport, AZ and KFC 1910 – moving from their senior set up to FC Volendam in a finger-licking move in 2012. After that, it was a free transfer to SBV Excelsior at the start of July 2015 and a final move at the start of July 2016 to current side Heracles.
  2. More that just goals: With Cuaraco international Kuwas, it won’t be goals that the Whites will be getting at a premium – it’s the assists that he has to his name. Before he transferred to current side Heracles, Kuwas had 29 assists and 17 goals in 116 appearances. Whilst at Heracles, the 25-year-old has made a total of 52 appearances for the club – scoring 10 goals but laying on an astonishing 23.
  3. Only as good as what you are now: With Leeds said to be involved and ready to bring him to the club in the January window, it is what he is doing now that is important. So far this season he has made 14 Eredivisie appearances, totalling 1,150 minutes of on-field action. He has scored three goals and provided nine assists – meaning that he is involved in a goal in some way every 96 minutes.
  4. He would feed Leeds’ frontline: Leeds United struggled to get goals from midfield last season, the bulk of goals coming from Chris Wood. That’s not a problem now, and having Kuwas on board could actually add to the tally for his teammates. He completes 22.2 passes per typical 90 minute game period, with 4.3 of these being designated as ‘key passes’ – passes that lead to a chance for a teammate. To put that in context – that’s a staggering 19.3% of his passes potentially leading to a goal for his side.
  5. Video highlight reel: a look at some of the Heracles forward’s goals

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