Leeds have been linked with a number of wingers this month following Jack Clarke’s return to Tottenham.
It seems as though United have got their man, signing a young player by the name of Ian Poveda who will likely act as a backup to the established options of Helder Costa and Pablo Hernandez.
However, separate reports indicate that the Whites were also in for a more experienced alternative as they’ve reportedly shown an interest in Spanish winger Adrian Embarba.
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The arrival of Poveda likely puts the breaks on that, yet signing Embarba would have made much more sense.
The 27-year-old is proven at a high standard, contributing to 11 goals in La Liga last term, and his good form has continued into this season, registering 18 goal involvements in 23 games in the Spanish second division.
Those types of performances would be real asset for United, and that’s exactly what Leeds need at the moment given their inability to hit the back of the net.
Leeds failed to score again last weekend as Patrick Bamford missed a superb first-half chance before having a penalty saved in the second 45.
Not only that, but the 27-year-old would provide a fair amount of depth – he’s capable of playing on both wings.
Embarba would instantly add something to Leeds’ promotion push this season, whereas the aforementioned teenager is more of a signing for the future – he’s only ever made one senior appearance in his career, in the Carabao Cup.
While there’s nothing wrong with long-term planning, promotion this season is so important to the club as the implications of failure could be catastrophic. Multiple players and Marcelo Bielsa have been tipped to leave if the Whites fail in their quest so recruitment is vitally important this month.
Unfortunately though, it seems Leeds have got their priorities wrong, focusing their attentions on an unproven wide-man when Embarba looks ready to contribute instantly. If Leeds fall short of the finish line this season, choosing the wrong winger could come back to haunt them.
In other news, Leeds fans don’t want to sign this 29-year-old.