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Leeds United finally targeting strikers with Championship experience

Leeds United have been linked with two stars of the Championship.

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Leeds United have been linked with some exciting new arrivals this summer, not only in the managerial fold. The club have also been linked with two forwards that have tongues wagging. Abel Hernandez is a free agent having left Hull City and Leeds have reportedly offered him a deal. Matej Vydra is also on the transfer wishlist for Leeds. The Yorkshire Evening Post say they are looking into a deal, which will cost in excess of £10 million.

Leeds have struggled to replace Chris Wood in attack in recent years and last season tried to do so with the likes of Caleb Ekuban, Jay-Roy Grot and Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

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However, if you look at the scoring charts from the Championship last season it is clear what is needed to score at this level. Experience.

Vydra topped the charts with 21 goals. In second was Lewis Grabban with 20 for Sunderland and Aston Villa. Joint-third was Leon Clarke with 19 goals whilst the likes of Martyn Waghorn and Britt Assombalonga are also in the top five.

Vydra has scored goals in the Championship with the likes of Watford and Reading prior to his time at Pride Park. Grabban has done the same with Bournemouth and Norwich City. Clarke has played plenty of football in the Football League.

The Czech forward and Uruguayan talent are therefore perfect striking options for Leeds. Vydra has bags of experience in the Championship. Hernandez scored 20 goals in the 2015-16 Championship season.

What Leeds need are players with proven pedigree in the second-tier to find the goals for a promotion hunt. In Vydra and Hernandez they have exactly that.

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Some Leeds United fans are raving over Samuel Saiz’s League Cup display

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Leeds United have won a third game in a row under the management of Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine made plenty of changes to his starting XI for the clash with Bolton Wanderers, but they still proved too strong for the Trotters.

There were some excellent performances on the night for Leeds fans to get excited about. Patrick Bamford scored his first goal for the club. Jamie Shackleton had an excellent evening in only his second senior appearance. Lewis Baker also had a good game in the centre of midfield. But it was perhaps Samuel Saiz who caught the eye the most.

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The Spanish wizard was sensational, as always, throughout the game and fully deserved his goal. His trickery left Bolton’s defence bamboozled before a low drive beat Remi Matthews in the opposing goal.

Leeds fans were, of course, delighted with yet another display of excellence from Saiz, who was linked with La Liga sides this summer.

It was perhaps a testament to his excellent display and the esteem he is held in that Leeds fans are so concerned that he briefly clutched his hamstring whilst leaving the field of play.

Fans will hope he is fighting fit for the all-Yorkshire clash with Rotherham United at the weekend.

Here is some of the best reaction to his performance on Twitter…

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Linked with Leeds United this summer, Baghdad Bounedjah scores 10 goals in just two games

The Algerian striker has been in impeccable form since being linked with Leeds United.

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As Leeds searched for a new striker this summer plenty of names came flying out of the transfer rumour mill. Must of them, were known to Leeds fans. Others, on the other hand, were lesser known. One such player was Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah.

He is currently plying his trade for Al Sadd in Qatar. The front-man has been in fine form in the Stars League, scoring 25 goals in 19 games last season.

Despite Leeds’ apparent interest, a move soon dissipated with news of his price-tag. Algerian source L’Expression were suggesting that the cash-rich Qatari side wanted €15 million (£13.25 million) for the attacker in order to let him go this summer.

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Considering that was more than Leeds were ready to pay for Matej Vydra and eventual recruit Patrick Bamford, it is easy to see why a deal did not happen.

But, judging by his early form this season, Leeds might have wanted to stump up. Bounedjah has scored an incredible 10 goals in just two games.

After bagging a hat-trick in the opening game of the Stars League against Al Kharitiyath a week ago he scored an unbelievable seven times in a 10-1 win against Al Arabi on Sunday.

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If you include the club’s final pre-season clash with NK Krka of Slovenia his record is even more outstanding. He scored five times in an 8-1 win. That makes 15 goals in his last three games.

Of course, the Qatari Stars League is not the highest of standards. But at any level, 10 goals in two games is enough to suggest an element of quality. Such form has attracted the interest of Turkish side Fenerbahce, according to Sabah.

Leeds were still right to balk at the asking price considering his lack of European experience. But it could prove to be a costly mistake if he does replicate his form in the Middle East on the continent.

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Jamal Blackman first-team chance comes at worst possible time for Bailey Peacock-Farrell

Leeds are set to give Blackman a chance v Bolton Wanderers this evening.

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Leeds United take on Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup this evening, hoping to continue their excellent start to the season. The Whites have come out flying in the Championship. In their last game, they defeated Derby County 4-1 at Pride Park. The result, coupled with their opening day win against Stoke City, has seen them installed as favourites to win the league.

There was, however, one slight blip from the Derby game. The home side’s goal came from a speculative free-kick effort from Welsh international Tom Lawrence. His effort should have been a comfortable save for Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Unfortunately, he lost the track of the ball and flapped at air.

It was a mistake, but one Leeds fans will forgive of a top young talent who has stepped up to number one status with aplomb.

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However, it might have happened at the worst possible time for the youngster.

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his press conference yesterday that Peacock-Farrell will not play tonight. Instead, Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman will be between the sticks.

The 24-year-old, who had an excellent season on loan at Sheffield United in 2017-18, is set to start the game.

Coming off the back of Peacock-Farrell’s mistake v Derby, it is the perfect chance for the loanee to stake his claim for the starting position.

A positive display could see Peacock-Farrell in trouble. Blackman will need to make sure he takes it.

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