Leeds United turned down an opportunity to sign Grimsby striker Omar Bogle in January according to the Grimsby Chairman. Wigan Athletic eventually signed Bogle who scored twice in last nights 2-2 draw with Norwich City. Despite the story today Phil Hay has tweeted he has been given the impression the agent wanted the Leeds move more than Garry Monk.
We could have done with a back-up striker for Chris Wood, no doubt about this. Garry Monk isn’t thinking short-term though and if he would rather wait and bring in someone he is set on in the summer then you can’t blame him. He tried for a striker in January but deals just didn’t seem to happen and it took until the last day before we got players in. Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow arrived at the club and have added some quality down the flanks. This story about Bogle broke today and some fans were unhappy we didn’t make a move for the striker. If Monk didn’t want Bogle, we don’t sign Bogle, that’s my opinion.
Bogle is a raw talent and could make an impression at this level. Was Garry Monk keen on spending money on a player who was a gamble, it doesn’t seem that way. Kemar Roofe joined Leeds for a big fee in the summer and the deal has worked out now Roofe has got up to speed at this level. Bogle made an impressive first start and he will play most weeks at Wigan, he would have only played when Wood couldn’t at Leeds. This wouldn’t have helped his development and playing for a head-coach who was unsure of you in the first place.
Phil Hay has summed it up perfectly when he said the agent was the one pushing Bogle towards Leeds. This is Garry Monk’s team now and if he isn’t keen, the deal should be left.