If Leeds spend any money this January it will be a big surprise. The summer transfer window saw them splurge close to £100m and as a result, there probably isn’t a great deal left to spend.
If there is any area for Leeds to improve in January it’ll be in defence. They currently have Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Liam Cooper all out injured so further depth is required.
It’s strange, therefore, to see that Leeds are so strongly considering signing a new winger.
Jack Harrison has seven goal involvements this term and the effervescent Raphinha is improving all the time after his summer switch.
The Brazilian has been a tricky live wire with two goals and two assists so signing someone else surely isn’t needed.
Yet, this surely wouldn’t be a good signing.
If Orta thinks he can get away with signing someone like Gray then Leeds chief Andrea Radrizzani will surely be fuming.
You only need to look at the Leicester attacker’s statistics from the last few years. To put it bluntly, he isn’t a goal scorer and he also struggles to create opportunities for his teammates.
He has failed to score in senior football this term and only found the net on three occasions last season. Of course, he is still only 24 so has plenty of potential left in the tank to extract but he is anything but “wonderful” – something Brendan Rodgers said about Gray previously.
Going forward, he lacks plenty of end product and for a team that already houses Helder Costa, Orta cannot afford to make this sort of investment.
The last thing he needs is another Jimmy Kebe. The winger joined the club on loan from Crystal Palace in 2014 after scoring just five Premier League goals – a tally Gray has only bettered by a handful.
The issue with Kebe was that he lacked any desirable end product. He scored just once in nine appearances for the Whites and Gray would likely provide similar numbers.
Just because he’ll leave Leicester behind, it doesn’t mean he’ll start producing more in the final third. Gray has set his stool out as an inconsistent forward who lacks goal threat.
Leeds would get things completely wrong if they pursued the Foxes player this month.