With Leeds being linked with a stunning summer transfer move for Manchester City star Sergio Aguero, Marcelo Bielsa could form a lethal strike partnership at Elland Road by partnering him with Patrick Bamford.
Aguero recently confirmed that he would be leaving the Etihad Stadium once his contract expires at the end of the season, and reports in recent days have suggested that Leeds have pinpointed him as a potential target for the upcoming summer transfer window.
With Bamford firmly established as the Whites’ number nine – he has played in every single Premier League game this season – Bielsa may consider unleashing Aguero alongside the Englishman, rather than as his replacement.
While City have come accustomed to playing with just the one man up front, Aguero has shone in a two-striker formation before, both in his time at the Etihad and at previous club Atletico Madrid.
With the Citizens, the Argentine thrived alongside Edin Dzeko, particularly under Manuel Pellegrini’s leadership, with the duo combining for 17 goals between them whenever one provided the assist for the other’s goal.
However, his relationship with Uruguay hotshot Diego Forlan back at Atletico was even more remarkable, combining for a whopping 39 goals – only his partnership with former City stalwart David Silva has been more prolific in his entire career with 44.
Aguero’s more clinical nature and sheer consistency – last season’s tally of 16 Premier League goals came at an incredible rate of one every 91 minutes – goes a long way to addressing some of the issues which plague Bamford.
The Leeds man has often been someone who relies on needing a lot of chances to score – he has already missed 18 official big chances this campaign – but with Aguero alongside him, that burden and pressure of having to be the main source of goals for the team would be lessened considerably, and may just allow him to ease up in those crucial moments.
While Bamford could do more of the hard running into the channels, Aguero could work his magic inside the width of the penalty area and ensure that Leeds just don’t pass up gilt-edged chances because of poor finishing.
Instead of seeing opposition teams come up with a snatch-and-grab, Bielsa’s side would feel more confident of going ahead in games or even closing them out by having a striker of the calibre of Aguero. It’s exactly why a partnership of Bamford and the Argentine could really light up Elland Road next season.
Hailed as “unbelievable” by Jason Cundy, Aguero’s potential arrival at the club would see Victor Orta surely complete Bielsa’s dream Leeds attack.