Leeds would be taking a £4million gamble on Jack Marriott

Leeds United could land target Jack Marriott for a fee of £4million, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

What’s the story?

Peterborough United striker Jack Marriott was a revelation last year, scoring 27 goals for the League One club and claiming the league’s Golden Boot.

The 23-year-old has since attracted interest from a host of clubs, including Bristol City, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.

Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony tweeted on Monday that the club has accepted a seven-figure sum for a player who is not named, but who many believe is Marriott.

Journalist Alan Nixon then posted that Peterborough’s star striker would command a fee of £4million.

Jack in the box

A young striker scoring goals freely in League One is always going to interest Championship clubs, but £4million does seem steep for a striker with one good season in England’s third division.

With Leeds United also in the hunt for proven Championship scorer Abel Hernandez, Jack Marriott seems like much more of a gamble for the Whites and could backfire if he can’t replicate his form.

Saying that, Dele Alli showed how great young talent can be unearthed in League One and Marriott certainly has the ability to keep scoring if he gets the service.

Young English strikers always come at a premium and if £4million is the price it takes to get Leeds firing in the goals, it will be £4million well-spent.