NYCFC striker Valentin Castellanos could be a possible transfer target for Leeds United this summer.
Leeds’ transfer business is set to see them add plenty to their squad ahead of the 2022/23 season, as Jesse Marsch hopes he can steer the side well clear of similar relegation threats this time around.
To do that, a striker is likely to be a route the club explores, and they could source one of the MLS’ finest to do so.
Transfer insider Dean Jones mooted NYCFC’s Valentin Castellanos as a possible option for the club (via Give Me Sport):
“New signing Brenden Aaronson was the long-term primary target and there will be links with other US-based players, with the name of New York City FC’s Valentin Castellanos one to keep an eye on,” he wrote.
“He’s a 23-year-old Argentine forward and already boasts 53 career goals for NYCFC.”
Here, we look at two reasons why this is a move that makes a lot of sense for Leeds…
His goal record
First and foremost, if Leeds are eyeing up a striker, they need to be routine goalscorers for their current club.
We suffered massively when Patrick Bamford was out, because we had no real goalscorers there to take his place, proven by Raphinha’s 10 and Harrison’s eight being our top two scorers in the Premier League this season.
Castellanos, meanwhile, enjoyed a brilliant 2021 campaign with 22 goals in the MLS, and has started this season in similar form, notching seven with one assist in his first 10 games.
Like Bamford, he’s strong in the air too, giving Leeds the outlet of being able to win balls in the air, something we lack when Rodrigo has led the line.
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A savvy investment
At 23-years-old, Castellanos isn’t far into his career and is only going to get better from here on.
These sorts of numbers that he is producing in the MLS will be catching the eye across Europe.
Valued at £10.8million, Castellanos wouldn’t be a cheap signing to make, but he’s going to be worth a lot more if he continues to improve as expected.
Leeds won’t be looking to bring in players in the latter end of their careers, and it would be a shrewd method to bring in a striker who fits the club’s long-term vision.
It’s been reported recently that West Ham are also keen on the striker too, showing that we’re not the only club thinking a good deal is on the cards here.