It’s no surprise that Leeds United’s first successful season since Massimo Cellino’s reign of terror began at Elland Road in 2014 has coincided with Garry Monk playing an active role in the transfer market.
Targeting proven lower league players, desperate-to-impress loanees and foreign imports suited to the English game, the likes of Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley, Pablo Hernandez, Rob Green and Luke Ayling have thrived, forming the spine of one of the league’s most impressive starting XIs.
It’s certainly a far cry from the baffling recruitment that plagued the club until Monk’s arrival – a haphazard motley crew of nobody’s perhaps epitomised best by Edgar Cani.
"I remember [sporting director] Nicola [Salerno] coming in one day, and telling me 'we've got this Albanian centre forward, Edgar Cani - he's brilliant,” former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn lamented to FourFourTwo.
"So I looked at some footage of him using one of our scouting tools. The lad looked raw and the level he was playing at wasn't good, to put it politely. After one of the goals you could hear a lone bloke clapping.”
Joining from Serie B outfit Catania, the 6ft 4ins beanpole is perhaps better remembered at Elland Road for being one of six players who controversially pulled out of a game against Charlton Athletic with an ‘injury’.
At least it kept him away from the pitch. In four appearances during a forgettable loan spell, Cani never even remotely troubled the scoreboard.
And while you could claim that half a season in a new league, a higher standard of football is nowhere near long enough to show your qualities. But the fact that Cani has scored once in 27 appearences this season with Italian second-tier club Pisa suggests that, maybe, he just wasn’t very good to begin with.
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