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Forget Jerry Mbakogu, Adriano Montalto is the Serie B striker for Leeds United

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Forget Jerry Mbakogu, Adriano Montalto is the Serie B striker for Leeds United

Leeds United have recently been linked with the signature of Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu.

The Nigerian has not, however, had the best of seasons in Serie B.

He has struggled with a knee injury throughout the season and scored just six goals in 21 league games.

With his injury record and ability to be wasteful in front of goal, he sounds just like another Caleb Ekuban.

That does not mean Leeds are targeting the wrong league, just the wrong player.

If the Whites are to bring in a player from Italy’s second-tier, it should be Ternana striker Adriano Montalto.

The 30-year-old journeyman has found the form of his life this season. He has scored 17 league goals in 30 appearances for his club.

It makes him the joint third top scorer in Serie B this season.

But what sets out Montalto from the rest of the pack?

Well, it is quite simple. Not only has he scored 17 goals for his club this season, but Ternana are in fact rock bottom of the table.

His side looks doomed to relegation this term but that has not stopped him matching the best in the league in the goalscoring charts.

Leeds need another striker through the entrance door this summer.

Of course, many Leeds fans will be cautious over any recruit from Italian football, considering some of the riff-raff Massimo Cellino and Nicola Salerno used to pull in.

But Montalto is a hard-working goal-getter who could win over the Leeds fans in a similar fashion to the way Mirco Antenucci did.

Mbakogu is the better-known name. But based on this season Leeds would be better off making a move for the Ternana striker who has been in such fine form this campaign.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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