Leeds United signing Edgar Cani is proving to be a terrible decision all round

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Leeds United signing Edgar Cani is proving not just a bad move for them, but for the team he left behind.

Instead of looking to the Premier League to loan a striker in January, Leeds United decided to bring in Edgar Cani from Italy's Serie B.

Cani is yet to prove why he has been signed, unable to convince head coach Neil Redfearn he is worthy of a starting place.

His arrival has only muddied the waters among the striking selection at Leeds, with Cani no better than the players available, but Neil Redfearn obliged to include him in the squad and give him minutes as a substitute out of curiosity.

It is not just Leeds however who are failing to see the best of the deal for the 'Albanian Steve Morison', his parent club Catania have seen no benefit either.

Catania have slumped into 18th place in Serie B, in the relegation zone and five points from safety. 

Since Cani was loaned to Leeds on transfer deadline day, Catania have not won a single game, a stretch spanning eight matches.

While not a prolific striker, over the first half of the season Cani contributed to seven goals for them, scoring three and assisting four.

In the three games he scored in, Catania did not lose any of them, his contribution valuable to their cause.

He was in and out of the side in terms of starting or being benched, and even picked up one red card, but there is little doubting in a relegation scrap he would be playing more football at the Italian side than he is at Leeds.

At Catania, Cani played in 654 minutes this season before being loaned out - at Leeds he has just 52 minutes football to his name.

The loan deal looks a pointless one from Leeds' perspective, with Mirco Antenucci, Billy Sharp, Steve Morison and Souleymane Doukara all battling for position. A top class striker would have leaped in front of them for game time, but Cani has not shown Neil Redfearn that he fits the description.

It's no harm done for them though as there is no obligation to buy, but for Catania by time the season is over, it may be too late.

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