With the January transfer window just around the corner, speculation has already started surrounding incomings and outgoings at Elland Road.
Of course, one of the main stories at Leeds over the past few months has been the future of Eddie Nketiah and with the 20-year-old’s time at Leeds seemingly still up in the air, the Whites have understandably been linked to a new striker in the shape of Sam Cosgrove.
You can certainly understand why Cosgrove has caught the eye of the Yorkshire outfit as he’s netted 20 goals in 26 appearances for Aberdeen this term.
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Those numbers are brilliant, but there are still risks attached to the signing of Cosgrove as his record in English football is abysmal.
It’s a tough call to make as to whether or not Leeds should sign the attacker, so we asked our team of writers to give their verdicts on if Cosgrove would be a good signing for the Whites.
“For a side who had difficulties bringing in players for sums of money last summer, spending £4m on a player who hasn’t cut the mustard in English football would be a colossal error of judgement.
“There’s no doubting that he’s clinical in front of goal. 20 goals this term tells the story on that front, but the Whites have issues when it comes to profit and sustainability so that £4m would be better off saved. If Leeds are in the hunt for a striker in January, Che Adams would be a far better option. He scored 22 times last season and is available on loan, something that would suit Victor Orta’s approach next month.
“In comparison, Leeds would have to part ways with a good amount of cash for Cosgrove and judging by the one goal he scored in 12 games for Carlisle, he isn’t cut out for the Championship. This would be a risk from the club’s hierarchy, one that I’m not sure would be a wise idea.”
“Leeds need strength in depth in the attacking areas but aren’t able to splash the cash so Sam Cosgrove could be an underrated addition at just £4m. There will be doubts about his record in English football – a lack of goals in non-league football and then just one in 12 for Carlisle United is hardly inspiring.
“However, at just 23 years old, he has needed a breakthrough like the one he’s experiencing this season for SPL side Aberdeen. Cosgrove has bagged 20 goals in all competitions, including against Celtic and in the Europa League, which can only emphasise the ability he possesses.
“It just needed the right move to get the best out of him. For Marcelo Bielsa, it’s low-risk and thus, he should make a move for the prolific goalscorer.”
“Cosgrove is a gamble that may just pay off.
“While there is doubt surrounding the striker due to his less than impressive form for Carlisle just two seasons ago, there are also several positive aspects about him which should encourage Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa.
“He has a fine goal return of 20 strikes in 26 games this term, which shows he has an eye for a goal even if it is only in Scotland. Meanwhile, at 23-years-old he is a player who the Argentine will be able to mould and develop, as he has with so many players at Elland Road.
“Leeds don’t need a first-team striker as Patrick Bamford has evolved into a complete player with 10 goals and two assists so far, and therefore if Eddie Nketiah leaves Cosgrove could slot in perfectly as an adequate back-up option, though £4m would be a lot to spend on such a player.”
“I think that signing Sam Cosgrove would be a mistake on Leeds’ part.
“The striker has reportedly previously been valued at £4m, and his record of one goal in 27 appearances across the National League and League Two should be enough to put off any potential suitors.
“He’s a risk, you can’t deny that, but you have to weigh up whether or not it’s a gamble worth taking, and I just don’t think it is due to how poor he has been when playing in England.
“Marcelo Bielsa should steer clear of this signing and perhaps look towards a more experienced option.”