Michail Antonio would be Leeds' dream signing; but reports suggest deal unlikely

Elland Road pitchside

The Nottingham Forest winger would solve a number of problems in one go at Leeds.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United have identified Michail Antonio as a summer target.

According to the same report, however, a deal is unlikely, as Nottingham Forest are likely to price the Whites out of the market.

That is consistent with reports in January from the Sun, who suggested West Brom made bids of £3.5 and £5 million for the Forest man. In the end, those kind of sums were deemed far from good enough.

And that's the perfect shame, of course, for Antonio would be the dream Leeds signing this summer.

 Championship AssistsChances CreatedDribblesAccurate CrossesMins Played
Matt Ritchie 17 99 30 76 3,723
Alan Judge 13 88 26 61 3,144
Nathan Redmond 13 117 109 81 3,244
Michail Antonio 12 63 104 39 3,939
Bakary Sako 7 60 115 48 3,466

Indeed, as Opta stats show, the Nottingham Forest winger was one of the Championship's most creative attacking players.

Antonio registered 12 assists and won more dribbles than anyone bar Nathan Redmond and Bakary Sako (one was promoted, the other in a team that finished much higher than Forest).

The 25-year-old has everything Leeds need and lack: pace and the ability to play out wide. Even in his lowest areas, meanwhile, he trumped the Whites squad:

 Leeds Chances CreatedAccurate CrossesMinutes Played
Alex Mowatt 49 29 3,054
Sam Byram 39 16 3,266
Luke Murphy 38 32 2,433
Charlie Taylor 15 24 1,948

Antonio played more minutes but only Charlie Taylor came near him in terms of his crossing and Alex Mowatt (even then, quite far off) in terms of chance creation.

Chris Woods is a superb signing for Leeds but the Nottingham Forest winger would be of a different class - while his addition would be perfect to create chances for the New Zealander, anyway.

Antonio is easily one of the Championship's best and could offer plenty in the Premier League. United know it; Forest know it. And, while that makes Leeds' reported interest admirable, it doesn't make a deal any less unrealistic at this point.

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