Jerry Mbakogu has opened up on his failed move to Leeds United, revealing that he was supposed to join the Elland Road club on June 20th.
Leeds were linked with a move for Mbakogu over the course of the 2018 summer, with the Yorkshire Evening Post linking the Whites with a £4m swoop for the forward in early May.
However, Leeds soon ended their interest in Mbakogu, who was then released from Capri ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Now, the 26-year-old has opened up on his failure to finalise a transfer with the Yorkshire club.
“With Leeds I had a deal in January, the agreement was postponed to June, I had this knee problem and I could not play any more,” Mbakogu revealed to TuttoMercatoWeb.
“I was supposed to be in Leeds on June 20th and I could never have been ready for that date, the boss has also changed.”
Marcelo Bielsa, upon his arrival, and Victor Orta instead decided to go down the domestic route with transfers, bringing Patrick Bamford on board during the summer.
Bamford, along with Tyler Roberts and Kemar Roofe, complete Leeds’ attacking options, with the latter netting an impressive 13 goals so far this season.
For Mbakogu, you can understand that he will have been disappointed to not finalise the move to Leeds, as he was quickly released by Capri.
However, you can’t ignore the fact that Leeds have made the right call in avoiding the signing.
Mbakogu had a poor record in Serie B and wouldn’t have cut it in the Championship.
Bielsa’s options now are outstanding.
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