The Leeds United error that Cani's signing highlights

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United should have kept hold of Matt Smith last summer.

Leeds United's signing of Edgar Cani may have livened up what was a quiet deadline day in terms of incoming additions at Elland Road, but his transfer only serves to highlight the mistake the club made last summer. 

Cani is famed for his power up front, with his aerial ability being his most notable attribute, but Leeds relinquished a player with a similar skill-set just six months ago.

The Whites decided to sell Matt Smith to Fulham in the summer of 2014 and it is hard not to think that they should have retained him. 

Neil Redfearn clearly felt that he needed to add a target man, with Steve Morison not managing to find the net with any regularity, but Smith would have had the capabilities to render Cani's addition pointless. 

Smith may not have had much of an impact at Fulham, but there is no doubting that he would have been an asset for Leeds this campaign. 

Indeed, there is an argument that Smith would have been a far better option than Cani, who has never proven to be a prolific goalscorer throughout his career. 

Smith, who is currently on loan at Bristol City, has scored 11 goals in his last 10 games for the League One club, whilst he also notched 13 goals for Leeds in the previous campaign.

Both these totals are better than any figures that Cani has posted in any season of his seven-year professional career so far. 

The Albanian international's 11 goals in the 2011-12 season - while playing in the Polish Premier League - is the only time he has reached double figures during his career so far and, therefore, it seems doubtful that he will become a regular goalscorer at Elland Road.

Smith may also not have been the striker to push the Whites on to the next level, but he would have been a weapon and the fact that Leeds have had to even contemplate signing Cani shows that he has been a loss to the side. 

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