Leeds are uncertain on whether they want to activate their option on Jerry Mbakogu, according to Phil Hay.
The Nigerian striker currently plays for Serie B side Carpi where he has scored six goals in 25 league games. He has spent the majority of his career in Italy with a brief spell in Russia, but he hasn’t been prolific in any of the different spells during his career.
This transfer sounds remarkably similar to Caleb Ekuban who was brought in last season from Italian side Chievo Verona, and he has scored one goal in 20 appearances with 12 of those being starts. Poor transfer business such as this last summer led to to the club having a disappointing campaign with a 13th place finish and a 15 point gap from the play-offs.
Yorkshire Evening Post chief football writer Phil Hay provided the update about Mbakogu on Twitter:
not too sure where that's going. Leeds have an option in place to take him but haven't activated it yet and seem to be in two minds still.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 14, 2018
This potential transfer is significant because of what it represents in regards to Leeds’ transfer strategy. They have tried to bring in bargains from abroad recently which have mostly failed and left the team needing significant improvements.
The fact that they are reconsidering this deal is a good sign because it suggests that they might have learned their lesson from the struggles this season. They need to bring in proven quality for this level.
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