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Leeds United are right not to sign Jerry Mbakogu

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Leeds United are right not to sign Jerry Mbakogu

The striker was linked with a Leeds United move throughout the summer.

Leeds United face something of a striking shortage at present. The Whites have lost £7 million summer signing Patrick Bamford to a knee injury. He is expected to be out of action until the New Year and Leeds are now short up top.

It has led many to believe Leeds should make a move for a free agent.

One name that repeatedly gets mentioned is Jerry Mbakogu. Not long ago, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds were prepared to pay Carpi £3 million for his services before terminating their interest in June.

Now he is available for nothing, after rescinding his contract with the Italian side, many see it as a no-brainer.

But with it reported by the YEP that Leeds will not make a move the Whites are making the right decision.

MODENA, ITALY – APRIL 25: Jerry Mbakogu of Carpi FC shows his dejection during the Serie A match between Carpi FC and Empoli FC at Alberto Braglia Stadium on April 25, 2016 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Leeds need striker cover in, but Mbakogu will not be ready to go straight into action.

He has not played since May and has not undergone a full pre-season schedule. Considering the weight of importance Marcelo Bielsa places on fitness, a deal would make little sense.

They also want someone reliable after this latest injury. But the Nigerian-Italian struggled with knee problems last season and whilst not serious, would not have Leeds clamouring for his signature.

It would take Leeds at least a month to get Mbakogu fit by which time Bamford will be stepping up his recovery.

Leeds are right to steer clear, with Bielsa ready to put his faith in the club’s youngsters.

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Mathew Nash

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

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