Leeds United are reportedly making a move for Matej Vydra, but arguably still need a more natural number nine.
Amongst the considerable list of concerns that Marcelo Bielsa must address ahead of his first season with Leeds is the apparent lack of attacking quality within the ranks following their underwhelming Championship campaign last time out.
For the first time since the days of Ross McCormack and Matt Smith, Leeds had two forwards reach double figures for league goals last term. But Pierre-Michel Lasogga has since returned to his parent club after an extremely mixed loan spell, and Kemar Roofe also struggled with inconsistency. And beyond the pair, there were certainly not too many goals coming from their other attacking options.
Bielsa looks to be on the verge of addressing the issue somewhat with The Telegraph reporting at the weekend that Derby star Matej Vydra is closing in on an £11 million move to Elland Road. But while Vydra may have finished as the league’s top goalscorer last season, his best work has arguably not come in that central striker position that Leeds need to strengthen.
Vydra could be a huge asset for the Whites, but it would perhaps be naive to not strengthen further. And that is why Leeds should perhaps consider replicating the one deal they have completed so far this summer and try and lure a Chelsea ace in on loan.
Leeds’ first arrival of the window was confirmed last week with Lewis Baker arriving on a season-long loan, and Bielsa and Victor Orta should consider getting back in contact with the Blues to see if the club could also sign Tammy Abraham for the coming season.
Abraham – who earns £50,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge, according to Spotrac – is heading into next year off the back of a disappointing loan spell at Swansea, but he was lethal during his time with Bristol City the year before, scoring 23 goals in 41 appearances for the Robins.
The Telegraph reports that Derby are keen to sign Abraham on loan once they sell Vydra – potentially to Leeds – and if he is available, the Whites should certainly make a bid of their own.
If Leeds managed to sign Vydra and then bring in Abraham to sit just in front of him and play as that number nine, the Whites could potentially put together one of the most lethal partnerships in the division, with 44 goals between them from each of their most recent Championship campaigns.