In Focus: Leeds United target Derbyshire would guarantee goals

According to reports on the Daily Mail, new Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen is lining up a summer move for Omonia Nicosia striker Matt Derbyshire, although he could face competition from Greek giants Panathinaikos.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Christiansen was keen on signing the former Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers man during his previous spell with Apoel Nicosia, but a deal proved difficult because of the rivalry between the two clubs.

Now he has been appointed at Elland Road, the Spaniard could resurrect his interest in the 31-year-old, who enjoyed a prolific campaign in Cyprus, as he looks to strengthen his squad for a promotion push next season.

How well did Derbyshire do last season?

He was very impressive.

The former England Under-21 international picked up the Golden Boot after scoring 24 league goals, while he netted 27 in just 41 appearances in all competitions.

Would he be a good signing for Leeds United?

He could well be, yes.

The Yorkshire outfit will be keen to keep hold of top goalscorer Chris Wood – who netted 30 goals in all competitions last season – but Christiansen will certainly look to bring in a player to take some of the pressure off of the New Zealand international, who is currently representing his country at the Confederations Cup.

Derbyshire scored 17 goals in two seasons in the Championship with Rotherham United before moving to Cyprus, and he should get goals at this level.

Would he be a starter?

It’s difficult to say and it really depends on the system that Christiansen intends to use.

Last season, Garry Monk’s preferred formation used just the one striker which saw Chris Wood up top on his own, and if the 25-year-old stays at the club there is no doubt that he will be first choice next term.

That would surely see Derbyshire start from the substitutes’ bench, but a system with two strikers would see him start alongside Wood.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it seems likely that Derbyshire will be on the move this summer and while an offer from Panathinaikos could be too good to turn down, a return to English football could be the 31-year-old’s preference – especially with a big club like Leeds United.