Only Mowatt scores more than Charlie Adam - but reported Leeds target lags behind in other areas

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Is the Stoke City midfielder worth a shot when he could significantly bolster Leeds' goal tally?

The Yorkshire Evening Post's report that Neil Redfearn wants Charlie Adam at Leeds United threw up an interesting prospect.

The Stoke man is no doubt a divisive character in terms of how he plays. With goals like the beauty from his own half against Chelsea, there is much to be appreciated about the Scot's directness - and just how well he can strike a ball.

At the same time, however, there is no argument that the Stoke midfielder is not the most fluent of players: he won't charge down the channels at pace and he won't offer up any silky skills.

Is he worth it for Leeds, then, and how does he compare with their current crop?

 (Per Game) GoalsAssistsChances CreatedTacklesPassesFinal-Third PassesTouchesMinutes Played
Alex Mowatt 0.24 0.05 1.29 1.13 28.95 9.37 51.32 3,054
Charlie Adam 0.19 0.04 1.15 1.54 19.04 5.65 39.92 1,262
Victor Moses 0.16 0.16 1.68 1.21 17.21 7.42 48.58 1,455
Rodolph Austin 0.1 0.07 0.77 2.07 30.13 8.37 54.03 2,249
Luke Murphy 0.1 0.07 1.27 2.3 25 7.93 51.27 2,433
Lewis Cook 0 0.03 1 1.54 26.59 6.7 49.97 2,952

Off the ball, Adam will offer the Yorkshire side plenty of experience - both of the Premier League and Championship. That's something Redfearn's men are no doubt missing.

On the ball, meanwhile, only Leeds' Alex Mowatt averages more goals per game than Adam: the Stoke man's key selling point should he be interested in joining United.

Leeds have struggled for goals all season - scoring just 50 in 46 games - and the 29-year-old will help significantly bolster that tally. From shots outside the box and from set-pieces, Adam will offer Redfearn's side a real outlet.

But that's likely all he will add. For a side that likes to get the ball down and pass, the Scot is a questionable fit. He doesn't average as many created chances as some of the Leeds midfielders, nor does he match up well in terms of the number of passes he makes and touches he takes. That is at a higher level, however...

The Stoke midfielder does fare relatively well in terms of tackles. And, of course, Adam has starred in a promotion campaign - just what the Leeds boss is looking for.

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