Leeds being made to rue decision to not bid for Martin Terrier - TBR View
Leeds United fans were not at all happy when the transfer deadline passed and the club failed to sign a new striker ready for Jesse Marsch’s first-team.
A number of names were linked. But with much of the buzz surrounding Charles De Ketelaere, fans would be forgiven for somewhat forgetting the links with Martin Terrier.
Terrier enjoyed the best campaign of his career last year, scoring 21 times for Rennes.
Reports claimed that Leeds were keen on the Frenchman. But they would have to part with a club-record fee of over £30 million to bring him to Elland Road.
Ultimately, Leeds backed away. And a later report suggested that the Whites felt that Terrier did not tick enough boxes for Marsch’s side.
That stance would have been understandable had Leeds managed to sign someone else. But the only subsequent addition proved to be Wilfried Gnonto. And it appears that the Whites are going to take it slow with the Italy international.
Leeds being made to rue Terrier decision
Obviously, signing Terrier would have been a risk. His 21-goal campaign was so much better than anything else he had previously done in his career. And success in Ligue 1 does not always translate into success in the Premier League.
But Terrier has started the new season in fine form, too. In fact, he has now scored three goals in his last five Ligue 1 games. He has also featured on both the left-wing and up front for Rennes.
Leeds meanwhile, are keeping everything crossed that Patrick Bamford can finally enjoy some luck with injury. And they are hoping that Rodrigo returns soon from his shoulder injury.
Without either, Leeds would be in real trouble up front.
Some would say that the board really dropped the ball putting their full faith in the current options to shoulder the goalscoring burden.
Clearly, they would have been rolling the dice with a move for Terrier. But perhaps the bigger gamble will prove to be letting the window close without signing a senior striker before the window shut.
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