Leeds are desperate for a new striker this summer, so could one of the World Cup’s most impressive performers be the answer?
It is often considered a mistake to spend big on players who impress at international competitions, as prices are inflated and performances can be misleading.
On the other hand however, momentum and confidence can be a major factor for attacking players, and there won’t be many forward players feeling more confident than Japan’s Yuya Osako right now.
The versatile 28 year-old, who plays his football in Germany with FC Cologne, was simply incredible in his country’s shock win over Colombia.
Osako scored the second goal in the 2-1 win, and could be a useful utility player for Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds, as he has the ability to play as a striker, number ten behind the striker, or even in midfield.
He only scored six times last season, but he can do a little bit of everything, winning 1.4 aerial duels per game, averaging one key pass per game, and using his impressive movement and work rate to open up space for his teammates.
In the win over Colombia, the 30-cap man was rightfully crowned man of the match, firing in five shots at goal to go with his three successful dribbles and two key passes.
He also showed the fight that Leeds fans would love, battling with the towering Colombian defenders and winning four aerial duels.
With the 6 ft striker valued at just £4m by Transfermarkt, Cologne’s relegation could see him leave for a bargain price, and Leeds should definitely snap him up if the price is right.
While he would likely not be the marquee number nine fans are so desperate for, he would be an extremely useful player to have in the fight for promotion.
So, Leeds fans, would bring in Osako this summer? Which other players have impressed you at the World Cup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…