Leeds’ striker problem won’t be solved by Jordan Hugill

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Leeds United seemingly need a new striker ahead of next season.

Indeed, the Yorkshire outfit had the worst conversion rate in the division last term, and something needs to change on that front.

Reports have once again resurfaced that the Whites are looking at signing Jordan Hugill, but he seemingly isn’t the type of striker Leeds need right now.

Not effective

The 6 ft striker spent last season out on loan at Middlesbrough where he wasn’t too effective, scoring just six times for the Riverside outfit.

The Whites had three members of their squad whose goal tally went into double figures but none netted more than 15, whilst Patrick Bamford found the net on nine occasions. It’s hard to argue that they’d be any better off by signing Hugill, who has never scored more than 12 times in a single Championship campaign. If they are to achieve promotion, they ought to be looking at signing a striker with a better record in front of goal.

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Poor conversion rate

Of course, conversion rate was the biggest issue for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last term, and it doesn’t seem as if the West Ham forward would be the solution to that problem.

Six goals from 55 shots is a conversion rate of just under 11 per cent, and that is actually worse than the Whites’ overall rate of 28.5% from 2018/19.

Hugill’s main strengths come from winning aerial duels, and that isn’t really suited to Marcelo Bielsa’s team’s style. Bamford and Roofe won just 1.1 and 0.9 aerial duels per game respectively last term, while the 26-year-old won 3.5.

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Unless there is set to be a huge change in tactic from the Argentine, then Hugill’s strengths won’t be utilised effectively. His main talents are in the air, but with the way Leeds play their strikers don’t get many opportunities to challenge for aerial duels.

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