Leeds are absolutely desperate for a new goalscorer this summer, and reports suggest they are lining up a bargain swoop for Cheltenham sensation Mohamed Eisa.
According to reports, Leeds have joined Portsmouth and Sunderland in the chase for Cheltenham’s Eisa.
The 24 year-old made the switch from non-league football to League Two last summer and grabbed 23 league goals in his first season with the Robins.
Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds have been clearing out a lot of the unwanted “dead wood” at Elland Road this season, and while he may not be enough to carry the goalscoring load alone, Eisa has tons of potential.
Sunderland made a bid of around £1m this week, but the League Two side will expect around £1.5m for a deal to be done, which could be a bargain for Bielsa.
There were plenty of issues at Elland Road last season, but the biggest problem was the side was simply unable to score the amount of goals required to mount a promotion charge. Matej Vydra has been heavily linked this summer, but wage demands seem to have stalled that deal, and a bargain swoop for Eisa could actually be quite the coup.
The Sudanese born striker has absolutely electric pace, a surprising wiry strength, and at 6 ft tall he is good in the air as well. Most of all, he is wonderfully clinical in front of goal, where his stats speak for themselves.
He scored a combined 68 goals in 99 appearances with his last two non-league clubs, before firing in 23 goals in 45 League Two appearances last season. He also scored a hat trick in a pre-season game this week, and you can see the third goal here.
The 24 year-old has of course drawn comparisons to Jamie Vardy due to his breakout from the non-league game, and Leeds fans will no doubt remember Jermaine Beckford very fondly, who scored 71 league goals at Elland Road after making the jump from non-league.
Bielsa will almost certainly demand a marquee striker signing, and with just one year of professional football under his belt Eisa is not that. However, bringing Eisa in to compliment the new number nine would be an excellent coup, and he could become a cult hero at Elland Road. He can’t be any worse than Caleb Ekuban.
So, Leeds fans, would you like to take a gamble on the rising star? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…