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Cosenza’s interest in Jerry Mbakogu shows Leeds United made the right call

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Cosenza’s interest in Jerry Mbakogu shows Leeds United made the right call

Leeds United have long been linked with a move for the striker.

Leeds United fans have become fairly used to the name Jerry Mbakogu. The Nigerian-Italian striker has long been linked with a move to Elland Road. Indeed, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds had agreed a £3 million fee with his club Carpi before exercising their right of clause termination in June.

His name popped up again last month. When Patrick Bamford picked up a knee injury some suggested Mbakogu could be an option. His position at Carpi had become untenable amid the transfer rumours and he terminated his contract with the club, making him a free agent.

Leeds have however stayed firm and it seems they have finally moved on from Mbakogu.

Carpi forward Jerry Uche Mbakogu (99) during the Serie A football match n.26 TORINO – CARPI on 21/02/16 at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin, Italy. Copyright 2016 Matteo Bottanelli (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He now has new pursuers. Serie B side Cosenza are said to be keen. As reported by Tutto B, the Wolves have offered him a two-year contract to bolster their striking options.

 

The fact is, that this interest highlights exactly why Leeds were right not to sign him. Mbakogu is simply not good enough.

There is a reason why teams from Serie A or fighting for promotion in Serie B have not made a move for the player. Instead, it is Cosenza, recently promoted and currently third from bottom in the Italian second-tier.

His injury record, lack of pre-season and quite frankly average scoring stats mean Leeds United were right not to sign him this summer. He could prove to be a hit at Cosenza, but Leeds need bigger fish in their pond.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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