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In Focus: Leeds United taking a risk with Mbakogu, but firepower needed

Leeds United sent scouts to watch Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu over the weekend ahead of a potential move, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

What’s the word?

The next few days could be crucial for the Whites in terms of how their season pans out.

The club currently reside five points adrift of the playoff spots, but if the right players are bought, the team’s chances of promotion will be boosted.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Nigerian forward Mbakogu is on the club’s radar as scouts were spotted watching the 25-year-old in action on Saturday.

The striker scored in Capri’s 2-1 victory over Spezia at the Stadio Sandro Cabassi.

The Italian publication claims that Leeds could struggle to get a deal over the line before Wednesday’s deadline, which means that the club may have to revisit a deal in the summer.

Is Mbakogu needed at Leeds?

There is no denying that the Yorkshire club could do with an added attacker in the squad, but signing Mbakogu would be a risk.

The Nigerian has scored seven goals in 19 appearances this season, which is a positive tally, but his lack of experience in the English game could hamper him.

If Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen wants a striker who will slot into the team with ease and cope with the pressures of fighting for promotion, then Mbakogu might not be the answer.

One thing is for sure – the Whites are in need of a new forward to share the workload with Samuel Saiz and Kemar Roofe.

The team have scored 40 Championship goals so far this season, with Roofe top-scoring on 11.

Article title: In Focus: Leeds United taking a risk with Mbakogu, but firepower needed

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