Leeds United have been briefly linked with a move for Espanyol striker Raul De Tomas before contrasting reports emerged outlining that there was no interest from Elland Road.
The January transfer window is still some way away but there is speculation bubbling away as Leeds United reportedly ‘eye up’ transfers.
There are certain areas of the pitch that we know need attention such as in central midfield, but there are emerging links to strikers too.
Patrick Bamford’s injury recently has left Leeds looking somewhat light in the striker department as club-record signing Rodrigo deputises.
The latest link comes via Spanish outlet Todofichajes, who claim that Leeds are looking into the signing of Espanyol striker Raul De Tomas, who would come in at €25million if the Whites were to sign the player.
However, this speculation was swiftly shut down as claims from LUFCFanZone emerged outlining that he is not a player that Leeds are keen on signing.
It’s not a move we can see ever crossing the club’s mind, and here we take a look at two reasons why Leeds are right not to pursue the 26-year-old…
Poor use of money for us
€25million is a lot of money to be spending on a player. Especially in the January window.
There’s no denying that De Tomas knows where the net is, having scored 23 last season to help his side clinch promotion back into the top flight of Spain.
The issue is that he wouldn’t be guaranteed to make the step up from La Liga to an incredibly competitive Premier League.
Diego Llorente has done it smoothly in fairness, but to be paying that much for what is essentially a luxury signing, he has to be a sure thing.
His inconsistent goal return means that we’re not going to be getting 20+ goals a season for certain.
On top of that, we simply do not need another striker and would be better off spending our money to improve a position we need to, such as midfield as previously alluded.
Why replace our current Spaniard?
There won’t be a Leeds fan out there that can wholeheartedly say that Rodrigo has consistently shown £27million quality.
Although, we have seen it in glimpses and the past three games have shown his intelligence so much, proving he’s certainly better suited to the striker position and can hold his own in the process.
It’s taken time, but we’re finally at a stage where there is plenty of confidence that Rodrigo is someone we can play very well with in our attack if Patrick Bamford isn’t there.
To ditch our marquee signing for another in the middle of the season is so short-sighted and out of character for Leeds under Bielsa, and something we just cannot see ever happening or being entertained.
He looks very much up to speed right now and a goal would do his confidence even more good, so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.