Caicedo could be the solution to Leeds’ striking woes

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Leeds may have already announced four signings in this transfer window, but their hunt for a striker continues.

Previously the Whites have been linked with Sam Gallagher and Jordan Hugill, but now reports have stated that they’re interested in the Ecuadorian, Felipe Caicedo.

The former Manchester City man has been plying his trade in Italy with Lazio for the past few years, and he could be just the man Leeds need to improve their frontline.

Striking problems

If you were to point to one thing which stopped Leeds from being promoted last term, it would have to be their striker’s inability to find the net.

Embarrassingly, Leeds put up the worst conversion rate in the entire division last season, and one has to think that if they had a more clinical striker in their ranks they wouldn’t have agonisingly missed out on promotion.

Roofe and Bamford scored just 24 goals between them last campaign, and while that figure may not seem too bad if you compare it to the three promoted team’s strikers then you can see that it isn’t enough.

Sharp, Pukki and Abraham all scored at least 23 goals each last term, while Leeds’ two strikers netted only 24 between them.

Caicedo the solution

The 30-year-old’s WhoScored page states that his finishing is very strong, and that is for a good reason.

The 6 ft 1 Ecuadorian trumps both Bamford and Roofe in terms of his shots-per-goal ratio.

Indeed, Caicedo scored eight goals from 42 shots meaning that he scores one goal for every 5.25 shots he takes. In comparison, Roofe needs around 6.7 shots to find the net while Bamford needs around 7.5.

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Despite playing at a higher level in Serie A, Caicedo’s record is better than either of Leeds’ current striking options, and with the number of chances the Whites create there is no reason why the Lazio man couldn’t be one of the most prolific strikers in the Championship.

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