Comments in the Spanish press this week seem to suggest that Leeds United were in the hunt for Enrique ‘Quique’ Gonzalez last summer.
The 28-year-old has just completed a move from Osasuna to Deportivo La Coruna. It comes just one season after he joined Osasuna from Almeria.
According to the Basque club’s sporting director Braulio Vazquez, talking on the club’s official website, Leeds had an offer ‘on the table’ for the player.
“He had an offer from Leeds United on the table and was waiting for Levante, whose technical secretary was the current sports director of Deportivo.”
The interest from Leeds made perfect sense. The Whites were in the hunt for a new striker following the exit of Chris Wood. Quique had showcased his excellent goal-scoring ability on numerous occasions. He had just come off the back of two consecutive 16-goal seasons with Almeria.
In 2013-14, he scored 24 goals for Segunda B side Guadalajara.
But, based on the evidence of last season, Leeds have not missed out. In 44 games for Osasuna, he managed just five goals. Considering this was in a league he knows well and has had goalscoring success before, you can only imagine his form in England could have been even worse.
Leeds never truly solved their striker problem last season, but Quique was not the solution.