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The Chalkboard: Mavididi could move wide at Leeds

According to reports from TEAMtalk, Leeds United may be looking to solve their striking problem by signing Stephy Mavididi on loan from Juventus.

The forward joined the Italian giants from Arsenal 12 months ago, but he could now be returning to England on a temporary basis having struggled to get into the first team at the Allianz Stadium.

Not the solution up top

Marcelo Bielsa’s side would probably already be in the Premier League if they had a top quality striker amongst their ranks. The Whites created more chances than any other team in the division last season, but their conversion rate was the worst in the entire division.

Leeds certainly need a new centre-forward, but the man who they have been linked with unfortunately isn’t the answer.

His goalscoring record recently hasn’t been great as he netted just six goals in Serie C last term when playing as a forward, but Bielsa may be looking to kill two birds with one stone with this arrival.

Could be a winger

During a previous spell with Charlton Athletic in English football, Mavididi was often utilised as a winger and there is no reason we couldn’t see him used in a similar role at Elland Road.

It has been widely reported that Leeds’ priority this summer is to improve their wide areas with three new wingers wanted, and Bielsa could look to use the 21-year-old to plug that gap.

The Argentine has previously successfully converted strikers into a deeper role with Tyler Roberts playing as a number 10 last season, and he could do the same thing here.

If the 63-year-old chooses to utilise the youngster in a new position, then it could help fix a few problems that Leeds have had.

The Whites struggled with their depth last season with Kemar Roofe picking up injuries during crucial moments of the season.

Signing Mavididi and using him out wide allows Bielsa to have increased cover up top, while continuing to work in his preferred manner by keeping his squad small by covering two positions with one player.

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