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Leeds United fans react on Twitter to Simon Makienok transfer rumours

Charlton's Simon Makienok

Leeds are interested in Simon Makienok but supporters are not impressed.

Charlton's Simon MakienokCharlton's Simon Makienok

A report from Italian website Tuttomercatoweb yesterday claimed Leeds United were interested in Simon Makienok.

This is despite strong interest from fellow Championship club Preston North End, reported by the Lancashire Evening Post, after the striker's disappointing campaign at Charlton Athletic.

Makienok scored only five goals in 37 games on loan at the Addicks, which has left fans uninspired about the Danish striker's potential addition.

Yet one poor season on loan at Charlton does not tell the whole story about Makienok's talent, and he should not be written off as the Danish Edgar Cani just yet.

The target man has six international caps, and cost Palermo around £1.5 million when they signed him in 2014.

Charlton Athletic's Simon Makienok in actionCharlton Athletic's Simon Makienok in action

His form at Brondby was much more impressive, where he netted 36 goals in 79 games for the club, attracting interest from clubs in England and France as well as Italy.

As a target man he is a handful to deal with, and would represent an interesting option off the bench for Leeds late on in games to test tired defences.

  TeamAerial WonOn Target Shooting AccuracyKey PassesGoalsAppearances
Simon Makienok Charlton 197 44% 26 5 36
Chris Wood Leeds 135 30% 39 13 36

In the same number of games last season in the Championship, Makienok won more aerial duels, and landed substantially more of his shots on target than Leeds top scorer Chris Wood.

Wood created more chances and scored more goals, but Makienok holds his own with other facets of his game, and might not be the disaster fans fear if he does sign.

Charlton's Simon Makienok and Huddersfield's Jed Steer in actionCharlton's Simon Makienok and Huddersfield's Jed Steer in action


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