Leeds could sign £20m Monster Rodrigo replacement

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Leeds United could be set to make their first foray into the transfer market, looking to pick the best talent in the Championship to secure an instant return to the top flight.


What’s up on Viktor Gyokeres at Leeds United?

That’s according to Portuguese outlet Record, who claimed in Saturday’s print edition that Los Blancos are one of several clubs keen to sign Coventry City marksman Viktor Gyokeres.

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With plenty of Premier League interest sure to turn the Swedish international’s head, including the likes of Sporting CP abroad, such a stellar season unfortunately couldn’t result in a final playoff win as they lost to Luton Town on penalties.

One would expect that after dominating the division so strongly, he is now looking to take the leap that his team was about to achieve.

However, if Andrea Radrizzani offered him an intriguing proposition, convincing him to lead their quick comeback, the £20million asking price was worth every penny.

Could Viktor Gyokeres replace Rodrigo?

Standing at 6-foot-2, the 25-year-old sniper has all the attributes needed to thrive at that level and beyond. As such, it was no surprise to see him maintain such blistering form throughout the season, registering 21 goals and another ten assists, trailing only Chuba Akpom as the league’s top scorer.

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He is a strong and combative striker, ready to intimidate centre-backs if necessary, but his first touch and link-up play remain impeccable. Arguably his most devastating asset, which marries these attributes together, is his pace trick. When it reaches full speed, it’s nearly impossible to stop this bulldozing leader.

With 1.8 key passes per game to support that creativity, Gyokeres can’t do much. Leeds would give themselves a good base to earn immediate promotion if they snagged this scorching finisher.

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His signing could prove an added boost given they are all but certain to lose last season’s top scorer Rodrigo, 32, unlikely to want to see out his twilight years in the English second tier.

Although he’s gotten off to a slow start since his £26m comeback in 2020, failing to top seven goals in a season, the Spain international has comfortably become the club’s best player despite his relegation, with his tally of 13 league goals surpassing even Raphinha’s in his final year.

Replacing his goals will be imperative to earning any success in the upcoming campaign, and Gyokeres could arguably even represent an upgrade given that his physical assets complement such a trying division. Either way, both represent willing runners capable of carrying out an attack on their own.

To underscore this bright future, Blackburn Rovers defender Dom Hyam even noted: “I don’t think he has a ceiling to be honest. I think he’s so good at what he does, his attributes are so rare too.

“Obviously the forwards have their qualities, but there’s nothing he’s bad at. He’s good in the box, he’s big, he’s tall, he’s strong, he’s also good technically. I think as long as he keeps his feet on the ground, which I know he will do, I know him personally, yes, I think he has a huge career ahead of him.”

Securing this deal under the nose of far more attractive proposals would bolster the stature of this great club and give whoever becomes the new manager the perfect foundation for a great first year.

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