Leeds United’s hunt for a striker has been one of the most talked about stories of the Championship transfer window, with the club’s efforts to bring in a new marksman being met with contempt from their own fans and ridicule from others.
Deals for Matej Vydra and Abel Hernandez, which once seemed so close, now seem to be dead in the water and Marcelo Bielsa has been left looking at other options.
One person they could consider bringing in is Arsenal’s youth graduate Chuba Akpom who has had plenty of experience throughout the Football League over the last few seasons.
The 22-year-old has been sent on loan to Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest and Hull over the last few seasons, racking up over 50 Championship appearances in the process.
He has, however, only managed to score three goals in the second tier across those spells which could be a concern for Bielsa and the Leeds fans.
But he is undoubtedly a talented footballer.
So should the Whites make a move for the Arsenal outcast?
This would be a good move for Leeds.
Akpom is talented but hasn’t had the breaks at Arsenal. A spell in the first team at Elland Road could be just what he needs.
There are much better options out there. Leeds fans will be disappointed if they land Akpom after chasing Britt Assombalonga, Jonathan Kodjia, Matej Vydra and Abel Hernandez.
But if they can secure a main striker, Akpom would be a good backup choice to have.
He could be a decent squad player but by no means should he be signed as their main man.
Jumping from targeting the likes of Matej Vydra and Britt Assombalonga to somebody who has only scored three goals in over 50 second tier appearances is very disappointing.