Leeds United are reportedly interested in the signature of Swiss striker Michael Frey. The Yorkshire Evening Post is reporting that domestic players are the main focus of Victor Orta’s recruitment policy again this summer. However, the YEP have suggested Frey may an exception to that rule.
The former Lille and FC Zurich attacker is currently with Turkish side Fenerbahce. Something of a mercurial talent, he certainly has all the tools to be a fan favourite at Elland Road.
However, Leeds United should avoid any deal for the striker.
One of Leeds United’s main problems this season has been keeping players fit. Working under Marcelo Bielsa’s system takes a lot out of the players and it certainly told in the treatment room.
Frey, unfortunately, might not be cut out for such rigorous demands. His season at Fenerbahce has been disrupted by injury trouble. As reported on Transfermarkt he missed 13 games last season due to various injury problems.
Injury trouble has plagued him before. Frey nearly headed to the Championship before. In the summer of 2015, he nearly joined Nottingham Forest from Lille. As reported by the BBC, then Forest boss Dougie Freedman said he pulled the deal because of the Swiss star’s lack of match action.
“In Nottingham, I had to undergo the medical tests. And since it has been found that something is not good on my ankle.
“Without this check, I would have continued to play. Under pain. That could mean the end of my career!”
However, talking to Blick that same year, Frey suggested a failed medical at Forest was the reason and that it might have saved his career regarding an ankle problem.
Frey is a great player and is also clear of any long-term fitness trouble. For any other team in the Championship, the 24-year-old would be a fine recruit. But for Bielsa’s Leeds? History suggests he would be a massive gamble.