According to reports Leeds had scouts at the Serie B game between Capri and Spezia yesterday to watch 25-year-old Nigerian striker Jerry Mbakogu. The forward netted in the 2-1 win and although none of us know much about him it seems that Leeds are gathering information on the player, whether a bid is forthcoming we have no idea.
Leeds have signed a host of players from Italy in recent years, mainly in the Cellino era and it’s fair to say that they didn’t work out great. Gaetano Berardi is the one who worked a treat and is currently set to captain the side in the next four games with skipper Liam Cooper suspended. Giuseppe Bellusci, Edgar Cani, Marco Silvestri and Tomasso Bianchi all joined as did Mirco Antenucci, probably the most successful of that bunch. Souelymane Doukara was the final player and he left during the summer, heading to Turkey. Leeds fans will have their reservations over a player coming from Serie B but in reality we have no idea about his ability relative to what we have. To say we have around £7 million left from the sale of Chris Wood (the Charlie Taylor money seems all but forgotten) this isn’t exactly a deal we would be looking for as fans.
Leeds have only signed two first-team players in this window, Laurens De Bock and Adam Forshaw. They have also added a variety of under 23 players and Yosuke Ideguchi is on loan at Cultural Leonesa which was very frustrating for fans. We have signed the most players at the club since the January transfer window opened and yet we only have a left-back and a central midfielder. We have struggled massively in front of goal recently and even when we did score three, we lost at home to Millwall, it shows our issues this season. This season will be defined by the next month, February will make or break us and judging on the last month is doesn’t look great. A signing or two is what we all know is needed, whether that is the case it remains to be seen.