Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn appears not to be ready to throw Edgar Cani straight into the starting line-up.
Neil Redfearn sees a role at the club for new loanee Edgar Cani, but can't guarantee at this point he will be a first choice.
The Leeds United head coach told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he sees Cani as performing the same role as striker Steve Morison, who has emerged in recent weeks as his top choice centre-forward.
This has been due to Morison's physical style, which applies pressure on the defence, and brings his teammates into the game.
Redfearn sees Cani as a replica of Morison, only he does not know about him yet to pick him above the ex-Norwich forward, admitting he will start his Leeds career as a back-up.
He said: "My first impressions of him are that he’s got a great build for a centre-forward and decent touch for such a big lad.
"Steve’s been great for us and he’s made that position his own but it’s not a secret that he played with a little injury against Bournemouth. We’re asking a lot of him and there’s pressure on him because no-one else here is really suited to playing up front alone. Cani is back-up we really need.
"We can’t expect Steve to carry the can with no help. I thought it was quite noticeable that when he came off in the Bournemouth game, they really came onto us and got a hold of the game. Without a target man up front we were more vulnerable. Cani’s an option in the same mould."
A back-up for Morison?
Earlier in the season such a role would have seemed ridiculous, with Morison fourth choice striker at the club. Redfearn has however really changed his tactical approach, and with Leeds unbeaten in four games it seems needless to change it.
This is despite the fact Morison has not scored a single goal all season, in 581 minutes of football. If that carries on, then despite his impressive link-up play, Cani will have a chance to elevate himself if he can get onto the scoresheet.
Cani's goalscoring record is far from spectacular, but he does appear to have the attributes Redfearn wants from his lead striker, and right now he doesn't need to be prolific, he just needs to be more clinical than Morison to start making a case for himself.