The striker certainly knows his stuff about Leeds United - but should Garry Monk aim to reward him with a contract?
Just because a striker possesses impressive knowledge of a club’s antiquated nickname, it doesn’t mean he is about to jump on the nearest flight to pose with a shirt and a scarf.
And while social media demands for Garry Monk to ‘Announce Braithwaite’ were distinctly tongue in cheek, the Danish international forward would, in all seriousness, be an excellent addition to Leeds’ squad if they earn promotion to the Premier League this season.
According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland, Leicester and West Ham were all interested in the hard-working, £4 million-rated striker last summer but perhaps reported suitors were better off to wait around a little longer.
Braithwaite is already one goal away from matching the entirety of his Ligue 1 goals tally for last season, albeit in eleven games fewer. He’s also produced three assists, his highest total since 2013/14.
And, coupled with the rambunctious Andy Delort, Braithwaite is spearheading a surprise European push for one of the league’s most unassuming sides, taking a leadership role in an overachieving squad packed full of young talent. Remind you of anyone?
Furthermore, Monk will be more than aware that, if Leeds do finally return to the big time, a potential relegation battle awaits next season. Braithwaite, however, has already proven that he can inspire a Great Escape, surviving on the final day despite being 10 points adrift with a quarter of the season remaining last season.
He’s versatile too, capable of plugging a gap out wide or potentially taking the pressure off runaway top scorer Chris Wood.
Perhaps that peacock wasn’t a sign from Leeds, more an indication that Braithwaite would be an excellent addition at Elland Road.