Leeds United could sign an exciting upgrade on Patrick Bamford in Espanyol marksman Raul de Tomas.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s side, along with fellow Premier League outfit West Ham, are continuing to follow the Spanish striker ahead of a potential move.
The report adds that Espanyol would demand a fee in the region of £38m to part ways with their talismanic striker, and that with his contract only expiring in the summer of 2026, they are under no pressure to let him go just yet.
While Bamford enjoyed a fine full season in the Premier League last term – he netted 17 goals in the competition – his injury-riddled campaign this year saw him well below his best.
In the five matches that he played, the England international bagged just once, while less than a third of shots per game actually found the target – an indication of his wayward finishing at times.
In contrast, De Tomas has started the new campaign on fire, netting six in 11, and being far more accurate with his attempts on goal – 1.7 of the 3.5 shots on average he takes actually finds the target.
And it’s not just in his finishing that the Espanyol man far outshines Bamford, also averaging more successful dribbles per game, and winning more duels per match too – the kind of all-round impact that Bielsa will surely love.
As per OptaJose, the Spaniard actually achieved a bit of history this season in La Liga with a very impressive feat that has been unmatched this century for his club side.
They revealed: “Raúl de Tomás has become the first Espanyol’s player in 21st Century to have recorded two different streaks scoring +4 #LaLiga games in a row in each one of them: the first one between January-February 2020 & the last one this October.”
De Tomas himself has revealed the kind of striker that he is, saying: “I am a pacey, competitive and technically gifted goal-scorer.”
The man with 96 senior goals to his name appears to be an upgrade on Bamford, and someone who could give Bielsa an added clinical touch up front.