Leeds United may well regret not signing Pedro as the Flamengo striker continues his fine form over in Brazil.
It was no big secret that the Yorkshire side were on the lookout for a new forward throughout the summer transfer window.
The trio were just three of many, many names linked with a switch to Elland Road, including the 25-year-old, who recently bagged his second hat-trick of the season to take his tally to 23 goals and nine assists from 50 appearances.
Pedro has now scored 15 goals in his last 17 appearances in all competitions, making him one of the most prolific marksmen on the planet right now – at least outside of Erling Haaland and the usual suspects.
“I’m told that the player they have been monitoring for a long time is Pedro from Flamengo,” transfer guru Fabrizio Romano explained to GIVEMESPORT at the end of August.
“But the problem with South American transfers is the timing. Of course, now we’re close to the end of the window, so they need to be fast if they want to do a South American deal.”
Evidently, the one-time Brazil international, once on the books of Serie A side Fiorentina, is a prolific talisman and he has been described as having “special characteristics” by national team boss Tite, so the 6 foot 1 star can offer more than just goals.
Victor Orta and co eventually settled on Gnonto but his numbers are nothing compared to Pedro.
As per Transfermarkt, the Italy international has bagged 12 goals across 74 appearances for the Swiss champions, meaning he’s scored fewer than the Flamengo man in over quadruple the games, so perhaps Leeds made the wrong decision here.
Only time will tell if this is the case but on the early evidence, it would suggest that Orta dropped the ball when it came to solving Jesse Marsch’s striking problems.
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