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40 goals in 28 games and backed by Xavi, Baghdad Bounedjah is worth a Leeds United gamble

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40 goals in 28 games and backed by Xavi, Baghdad Bounedjah is worth a Leeds United gamble

The Algerian striker has been in eye-catching form this season.

This week it was reported in France that Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is still keen on a move for Algerian international striker Baghdad Bounedjah.

Foot01 suggest that Bielsa is still tracking the player, who he feels can be a success in Europe.

Of course, the stats with this man are extremely impressive. The 27-year-old, who is reportedly valued at £13.3 million, is a goal-machine for his club Al-Sadd.

Al-Sadd’s forward Baghdad Bounedjah (1st-R) celebrates after scoring a goal with his teammates, Spanish midfielders Xavi Hernandez (1st-L) and Gabi (2nd-L) during the AFC Champions League football match Al-Sadd (Qatar) vs Esteghlal FC (Iran) at the Azadi stadium in Tehran on August 27, 2018. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Bounedjah has scored 23 goals in 12 games in the Qatar Stars League this season, 13 in 12 Asian Champions League games and four in four games for Algeria. That’s an astonishing overall record of 40 goals in 28 games.

40 goals, in 28 games. That record needs to be repeated.

 

But how much can really be taken from that record?

The Qatari league is not exactly of the highest standard and he also has Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi assisting him for most of his goals. According to Le Buteur, the pair have become close friends during their time together in Qatar.

That said, Leeds should still show interest. Bounedjah has scored goals for fun this season and at any professional standard, 40 goals in just 28 games is a record that needs to be appreciated.

At £13.3 million, it may be too much of a gamble. But if Leeds could get him for less, then Bounedjah is worth a roll of the dice.

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