Leeds United enjoyed a largely successful transfer window, with Victor Orta managing to replace both Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha by adding a whole host of fresh faces to Jesse Marsch’s first team squad.
Indeed, the American manager welcomed the likes of attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson, left-winger Luis Sinisterra, defensive midfielder Tyler Adams, right-back Rasmus Kristensen and central midfielder Marc Roca to his senior side, while Orta also completed deals for youngsters such as centre-forward Sonny Perkins, central midfielder Darko Gyabi and second-striker Wilfried Gnonto.
However, while both Perkins and Gnonto appear to be extremely talented prospects for the future, there is an argument to be made that, with Partick Bamford struggling with injuries over the past 12 months, the Spanish director of football should have brought in a more experienced number nine in order to help ease the burden on the England international.
And, there was one name with whom the Whites were heavily linked over the course of the summer market who has already proven this season that he would have made an exceptional addition to Marsch’s attacking arsenal – that of Stade Rennais FC centre-forward, Martin Terrier.
After enjoying a remarkable campaign over his 37 Ligue 1 appearances last time out – scoring 21 goals, registering three assists, creating five big chances and averaging a sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.30 – the £26m-rated forward has already started to catch the eye once again in France so far this term.
Indeed, over his seven league outings in 2022/23, the £21k-per-week talent has already bagged three goals, provided one assist and created two big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 3.6 shots – 2.0 of which have hit the target – made 1.4 key passes and won 7.6 duels – at a success rate of 55% – per game.
These returns have seen the player who Tim Williams dubbed “phenomenal” and compared to Thierry Henry somehow average an even more impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.43, not only ranking him as Rennes’ best performer in Ligue 1 but also as the 13th-best player in the French top flight as a whole so far this term.
As such, considering the fact that the 25-year-old was reported to be available for a very affordable £30m this summer, coupled with the striker more than proving he is a player who knows how to find the back of the net, Orta’s decision to not pursue a move for Terrier must be one the Spaniard regrets – particularly when taking into account the recent shoulder injury sustained by Rodrigo.