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Signing Matt Derbyshire is going to be seriously tempting for Leeds boss Christiansen, but he must be wary

Matt Derbyshire of Rotherham United celebrates scoring his teams second goal

Leeds United have been linked to Matt Derbyshire.

Matt Derbyshire of Rotherham United on the bench before the gameMatt Derbyshire

It is no surprise Leeds United have been linked to Omonia Nicosia striker Matt Derbyshire, with The Mail reporting they are keen on a move.

This is due to the appointment of Thomas Christiansen as manager, who was in charge at Cypriot club APOEL last season, leading them to the league title.

Derbyshire scored 20 goals in 24 league games for Omonia to finish as the club's top scorer.

Having seen his success at close quarters, it is understandable Christiansen would be seriously tempted by a player who he has got to know, and has considerable Championship experience.

Yet that is where the interest should end. At 31, Derbyshire has never quite managed to be effective in the Championship on a consistent basis.

In 136 Championship matches in his career, Derbyshire has 25 goals. It's a long way from the almost goal-a-game success he has enjoyed in Cyprus.

Matt Derbyshire scores Blackburn Rovers' second goalMatt Derbyshire scores for Blackburn

This illustrated the gulf in quality between the two divisions, and Derbyshire will likely struggle to convert his prolific form to English football, having failed to do so previously in his career.

In English football Derbyshire has never scored double figure league goals in a season, coming closest in 2014/15 when he netted nine goals for Rotherham.

That was a creditable figure for a team struggling at the bottom end of the table, but Leeds have ambitions beyond that, to challenge for promotion.

Matt Derbyshire of Rotherham United celebrates scoring his teams second goalMatt Derbyshire of Rotherham United celebrates 

His record in the Premier League, where Leeds are trying to get to, is 10 goals in 76 games.

Derbyshire's exploits in Cyprus deserve huge credit, and he should be applauded for taking the steps to further his career abroad and making a success of it.

That doesn't necessarily mean he is suddenly right for Leeds United.

Matt Derbyshire celebrates after scoring the second goal for Nottingham ForestMatt Derbyshire celebrates after scoring for Nottingham Forest

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