Forget his scoring record; another worrying Cani stat for Leeds fans

Elland Road pitchside

New Leeds United signing Edgar Cani averages an assist once every 14 matches, and when you consider he rarely scores that is a worrying statistic.

Leeds United saw the January transfer window slam closed with three new additions having arrived at Elland Road, including one in the final few hours.

While Sol Bamba and Granddi Ngoyi both signed on loan with plenty of time to spare, Catania striker Edgar Cani finally completed his own temporary move on Monday.

Bamba impressed on his debut against Huddersfield suggesting he could become an effective long-term partner for Liam Cooper at the heart of Leeds’ back-line, while Ngoyi has potential, once he has recovered from an untimely injury.

But what of Cani; because a quick look at his previous goal-scoring record is not going to fill Leeds fans full of confidence that the 25-year-old Albanian is about to fire them up the table.

Cani has played for a lot of clubs already in what is quickly becoming a journeyman’s career, but a record of just 37 goals in 181 appearances does not set the heart racing…at least not in a positive way.

Cani’s style of play – as a target man – could suggest that he has been brought in not so much to score but to create, his presence up front akin to that of Steve Morison, who is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent weeks.

But Cani’s assist-record suggests he does not directly influence a great deal of goals for others either, at least in terms of providing the penultimate touch.

Cani has managed just 13 assists in those same 181 matches. So in short, Leeds have brought in a striker who averages a goal every five matches and an assist every 14 matches.

Only time will tell how successful or otherwise Cani proves to be at Elland Road, but could his presence alone be enough to inspire goals for those around him? Considering his record that may be the hope.

You can see Cani in training with Leeds – courtesy of LUTV – below:

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