Transfer Focus: Leeds looking to add depth with Michael Frey

In the same week former Leeds United player Noel Whelan urged Leeds to uncover a gem of a striker, the Whites have shown an interest in Michael Frey.

The 24-year-old has bounced around Europe in recent years, but he is yet to try his hand in English football despite previously being linked to Middlesbrough.

An article written by Phil Hay in the Yorkshire Evening Post stated that the Whites are looking at the attacker, and it’s no secret that they need more striking options.

Who is he?

Even though he is only 24-year-old Frey is earning a reputation as a journeyman across Europe.

If he were to join Leeds, it would be his sixth move in seven years. He has played in Switzerland, France and most recently Turkey.

He hasn’t been prolific for any of his clubs, with his highest goalscoring return being 12 goals in the Swiss Super League for FC Zurich two seasons ago.

If he was to come in at Elland Road it is quite clear that he would be nothing more than a backup striker, and unfortunately, Whelan wouldn’t be getting his wish of the Whites signing the new Teemu Pukki.

Adding depth

Marcelo Bielsa’s squad is extremely short on strikers. Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe are the only two players in the team who can adequately occupy that position.

Frey would add some much-needed squad depth to the Yorkshire club after both Roofe and Bamford proved that they can’t be trusted to start every game.

The former Boro man picked up a suspension for simulation in the late stages of the season, and he was once again booked for diving in the playoff semi-final against Derby. If that trend continues he may miss a few games next term.

The 26-year-old, on the other hand, has had no luck with injuries, and if he can’t stay fit, Leeds need another option on the bench.

It’s hard to see Frey displacing the club’s top scorer or the £10m man, so he would most likely fit in as the third choice. However, with his pedigree of being a Europa League goalscorer he may prove to be a useful addition.