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According to reports in Spain, Leeds are set to wrap up the signing of Rafa Mujica from Barcelona after his contract expires.
Mujica may well be another top talent set to be added to Carlos Corberan’s youth side, but he could very well find himself thrust into the first-team if the Whites have injury problems.
At the moment Leeds United have Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford as the only senior strikers in the first team.
Both players had some injury and suspension issues last season, and if those aren’t nipped in the bud, the Whites may well have to call upon some of their more inexperienced talent.
Bielsa’s squad struggled for depth in key positions last term, and due to their lack of options up top Mujica may find himself lining up for the senior side at some point next term.
Although the Spaniard is unlikely to be an integral member of the first-team, he may get fast-tracked into the squad if Roofe or Bamford become unavailable.
Leeds’ U23 side have some very talented strikers, but the 20-year-old has more experience than any of them. He scored seven goals in Spain’s second division last term in 33 appearances for Barcelona B. While Mujica has played at a decent standard, players like Ryan Edmondson and Kun Temenuzhkov haven’t as of yet.
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This experience could see him brought in not only as a player for the U23s, but as Bielsa’s third-choice striker.