Should Leeds sign Gabriele Perico?
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Leeds United have an option to sign free agent defender Gabriele Perico, who is currently at the club on trial.
Perico featured at the weekend in a friendly fixture against Atalanta, where he got the chance to impress home fans at Elland Road.
Here is a look at the positive and negatives to Leeds adding Perico...
- He's cheap, money can invested in other areas
The good news for Leeds is that signing Perico on a free and relatively low wages would keep funds available to fund more pressing areas, in central defence or midfield, or a marquee signing in attack.
- He's available
There is just a week until the season kicks off, and a month before the transfer window closes. Perico is 'in the building' and can be ready to contribue from day one if required.
- Just a squad player
Perico would just be a back-up to Gaetano Berardi at full-back for Leeds, and give them more options. In a long season, Leeds need bodies, and as a cheap option, the Italian will get his chances and not be too costly for his status.
Burnley's Andre Gray and Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi in action
- Whose transfer strategy is it?
The addition would emphasise that owner Massimo Cellino continues to have his say in team affairs, with Perico known to him from his Cagliari days. It is unlikely he is a player new head coach Garry Monk would have come up with.
- Where is the Lewis Cook money?
Leeds gained around £5-6 million from selling Lewis Cook, but have taken their time re-investing it. For their first signing to be a free transfer of a 32-year-old, unfamiliar with English football, is not a positive sign.
- Not a difference maker
Perico is not likely to transform Leeds' prospects, and while he may just be a squad player, he could be thrust into the first team if Charlie Taylor is sold and Gaetano Berardi is switched to left-back. Is he good enough to play consistently? This would be a big gamble for the club to take.
Leeds United's Charlie Taylor