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1 winner and 1 loser at Leeds United if £25million striker swoop materialises

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Leeds United failed to land an elusive striker in the summer window, but could turn to RB Salzburg for young Swiss International Noah Okafor.

Leeds have already signed both Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen from The Austrian club, and now Okafor, 22, has been linked with a £25million move to Leeds per a report from Calciomercato.

He scored in the Champions League last night against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and has attracted interest from a host of clubs across Europe’s elite according to European transfer expert Fabrizio Romano via Twitter.

Who would win and lose in Leeds’ squad should a move materialise for Okafor? We take a look…

Winner – Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford’s injury struggles from last season are still not behind him, and he needs some extra support in attack.

Leeds are still in need of another striker, despite the capture of Wilfried Gnonto who is expected to be a part of Leeds’ development squad to begin with, and if he does play a part in the first-team it is more likely to be in secondary striker or wide roles in Jesse Marsch’s current set up.

Okafor, a more central player naturally than Gnonto, would allow the England international to have more time out of the team to rest and recover his struggling body.

They could also play with one another and dovetail nicely off each other as a striker pairing in Marsch’s famed counter-pressing 4-2-2-2.

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Loser – Rodrigo

The player Okafor would most likely replace is Rodrigo.

Despite Rodrigo’s good start to the season in terms of goals, he is less suited to the style of play as a centre-forward capable of pinning centre-backs using his size and strength: two things he lacks.

Bamford is more physically impressive in this regard, capable also of running beyond with his pace, he is the best option in the current system as the main striker.

Joe Gelhardt would be under less threat given his versatility in the positions behind the striker, but Rodrigo can only really work playing off Bamford in a two, which is also where Okafor would prefer to be.

The depth and competition is what Leeds badly need. Okafor would provide this for The Whites.

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