Where does Fernando Forestieri fit at Leeds United?

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Leeds United are attempting to sign Fernando Forestieri from Watford.

Forestieri is close to agreeing a move to Watford, according to the Yorkshire Post, with just personal terms to be agreed after a fee was accepted by the Hornets.

A talented playmaker, his future at Vicarage Road looks in doubt following Watford’s promotion to the Premier League, and the number of signings they have made since then.

He may have been named on the substitutes bench at the weekend, but chances will be few and far between if he remains with the Hornets, and it would be best for his career if he secured a move which guarantees the 25-year-old first-team football on a consistent basis.

Leeds could be the team to offer that, but it is hard to see where he is meant to fit into Uwe Rosler’s set-up if he is to sign before the close of the transfer window.

Rosler’s 4-3-3 system is more of a 4-4-2, with two wide players supporting the two strikers up front. One forward drops a bit deeper to give the resemblance of a 4-2-3-1, but Mirco Antenucci - playing as the number 10 - is there to score goals, not create them.

That number 10 position is Forestieri’s best role, but he is much more of a creator than a goal scorer. Too many times with Watford he would get into a good position, only to waste one-on-one chances. His inconsistency is one of the reasons he has fallen out of favour at the club, especially considering the low rate at which chances come about in the top flight.

His goal threat is far lessened that either Antenucci or Chris Wood, so he could not be a viable option for Rosler to select up-front.

Similarly, the tricky attacker is not really a winger, and taking one of the wide positions in the Leeds team would be a waste considering the other talent they have for those roles.

Forestieri’s biggest problem at Watford has been his inability to hold a place in the team due to never finding consistency with his best position. It is as if he does not yet have a best position, and that kind of luxury player can often cost you more than he will win you.

Forestieri is an exceptional footballer, and one with real talent. However, he is not a great football player, being that he is far often poor in a team set-up. Leeds would be signing a star who can create something out of nothing now and again, but his inconsistency and lack of a real position means he could find himself in limbo at Elland Road - just like he is at Vicarage Road.

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