Dean Jones has dropped an update on reported Leeds United transfer target Cody Gakpo.
In a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT, the transfer insider revealed that, despite a number of reports linking Victor Orta with a move for the PSV Eindhoven winger prior to September’s transfer deadline, he has been informed that the Whites are more likely to sign a new centre-forward in the coming weeks, rather than another wide attacker.
Regarding Leeds’ reported interest in the 23-year-old, Jones said: “I’ve been told to expect that Leeds would sign a player that’s more likely to play through the middle as opposed to out wide. So, given that, I wouldn’t really be expecting Gakpo to land.”
While it is undeniable that Gakpo would be both an extremely impressive and incredibly exciting signing for Orta to get over the line this summer, considering just how short Jesse Marsch currently is at centre-forward, Jones’ claim suggesting that a new striker will be the club’s priority in the coming weeks is undoubtedly good news for the 48-year-old manager.
While the addition of a winger who scored 21 goals and registered 15 assists across 46 appearances in all competitions would by no means be a bad addition to the Whites’ attacking arsenal, considering just how reliant Leeds are on first-choice number nine Patrick Bamford, the signing of another out-and-out striker would appear extremely advisable.
Indeed, with the England international featuring just nine times in the Premier League last season as a result of numerous injuries, the Whites found goalscoring a major issue, hitting the back of the net just 42 times – the joint fourth-worst record in the division, as well as 20 fewer than the 62 goals they managed in 2020/21.
And, despite the fact that Marsch does have both Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood in his ranks, with the two players being just 20 years of age and boasting a total of 29 Premier League appearances between them – 21 and eight respectively – neither can exactly be relied upon to deputise in the event that Bamford once again becomes unavailable for any extended period this season.
As such, it is clear for all to see that Orta simply must prioritise the addition of a more experienced centre-forward over the remainder of the summer transfer window, as this signing could well prove the difference between another relegation fight or a much more comfortable mid-table finish in the league this time around.