Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa should urge the club to make a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer.
Reports last summer suggested that the Frenchman was on the Premier League side’s radar, but a deal failed to materialise before the end of the deadline, with the forward staying put at Celtic Park.
Now, former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has urged Leeds to make a fresh attempt at signing Edouard, insisting that he could prove to be great value for money.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “I think there’s a need in the summer to bring a striker in. £15m for Odsonne Edouard is a really great deal. If anyone can get him for £15m, it would be amazing.
“I’d love to see Leeds hijack that deal. Edouard can play as a nine and he’s strong. He’s a player who can also play behind the striker. If you can get him for £15m… I’d like to see Leeds hijack that deal but I think a lot of other clubs will be in for him too.”
While Patrick Bamford has led the line well for Leeds in their return to the Premier League this season (he’s bagged 13 goals in the top-flight alone), there’s no questioning that the Whites could do with someone to compete with him – he’s played every single game in the league so far.
In Edouard, Leeds could actually find someone who might actually be better than Bamford.
Described as “talismanic” by former Celtic boss Neil Lennon, the Frenchman has already netted 20 goals in just 33 games this season for the Hoops, and that’s for a side who are in some turmoil given their surrender of the Scottish Premiership title.
One of the crucial things in Edouard’s favour over Bamford is his sheer clinical nature in front of goal. It’s been one of the main criticisms levelled at the Leeds striker over these past few seasons that he needs a number of chances to score, and again, even this season has seen him fit that description – he’s missed 17 big chances and has a conversion rate of 18%.
And, aside from being more ruthless in front of goal, Edouard also offers more in the way of his all-round game. Compared to Bamford, he manages more key passes per match (1.2 to 0.7), more successful dribbles (1.6 to 0.5), and wins more duels too (3.6 to three) – given Leeds play with just the one striker, having someone who can lead the line and excel at multiple areas of the game is hugely important.
It’s exactly why Robinson is right. Bielsa should absolutely urge Leeds to go back in for Edouard this summer