Reports from the likes of Harberler in Turkey have seen Cyle Larin linked with Leeds United in recent weeks and months, but it could well be the case that the attacker does not fancy the move.
Currently, the forward is owned by Besiktas though he has been on loan this season in Belgium playing for first division side Zulte Waregem.
A Canadian international, the 25-year-old is on the cusp of his peak years as a footballer but it does seem as though he might now not be tempted to move to Leeds United.
Quoted by Takvim – via Inside Futbol – he said:
“I know there are offers for me. But my priority is to stay at Besiktas.”
A potential snub for the Whites, then? Perhaps, but whatever the case it could be a positive for United who perhaps don’t really need him.
Here are three reasons why…
No Premier League experience
Ultimately, Leeds are surely going to want to be aiming to bring in players with top-flight experience – particularly in the striking areas.
Larin has played in the first divisions in both Belgium and Turkey but neither come close to the Premier League – which is where Leeds want to be.
If they’re going to bring in competition for Patrick Bamford, it needs to be a player who will hit the ground running and one with Premier League knowhow is the most likely to do so.
Not overly interested in a move
If a player’s priority is to stay with his current club, surely there are better targets out there that would be itching to move to Leeds.
This isn’t to say he wouldn’t be intrigued or enjoy a move to Yorkshire but if it’s not his number one option, there must be better targets out there that would jump at the chance to play at Elland Road – particularly back in the Premier League.
Youth route not blocked
Even if they did sign Larin, they might still want a proven forward in the Premier League, as mentioned, and, either way, that blocks the path for some of the talented youth players at the club.
Marcelo Bielsa will surely want to field some of his young stars further next season, with Tyler Roberts and Ryan Edmondson pushing to be involved.
No Larin arrival gives them an extra opportunity to push Patrick Bamford.