Date: 9th June 2022 at 1:24pm
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Leeds United are reportedly interested in Bordeaux’s striker Alberth Elis.

What’s the word?

That’s according to French publication L’Equipe, who claim Bordeaux have been approached by several clubs for a number of their players.

Leeds are noted as one club who have shown an interest in their versatile forward Elis.

With Raphinha reportedly outbound and Patrick Bamford blighted with injuries, this move could offer Jesse Marsch some security across his front line for next season.

Brilliant Bamford backup

Leeds struggled last season, hence their 17th placed finish and a narrow escape from the drop. This struggle however can largely be attributed to an injury crisis, which saw Leeds rank second for most injuries in the Premier League.

One particular major absentee was Bamford, and these links for a striker of Elis’ ilk make sense for Marsch, who needs to beef out Bielsa’s threadbare squad.

Elis has enjoyed a solid season for Bordeaux, with 10 goal contributions in 20 games in Ligue 1. Previously however, the 53-cap Honduras international had enjoyed similarly decent goalscoring spells for Boavista and Houston Dynamo, where he offered 21 goal contributions in 37 games.

This consistency would be important for the Whites, who need dependable players to rely upon in the absence of their stars. The 26-year-old stands out as the perfect Bamford backup, with all the ability to challenge him for a starting position.

Not only that, but former Bordeaux player turned football analyst Benoit Tremoulinas’ description of the player made him sound like an ideal Marsch player: “He is generous, defends a lot, attacks a lot… Alberth Elis is powerful and has good ball coverage”.

Former Honduras teammate Emilio Izaguirre also spoke to Times Sport (via Glasgow Times) about the Bordeaux winger, describing him as “a very good, fast player. He’s very fast and strong and he’s good in the air. He’s played a lot of football and is good on the ball.”

The stats back up most of what Izaguirre had to say, particularly his aerial prowess, as the forward ranks in the 92nd percentile for aerials won per 90, and in the 96th percentile for non-penalty goals.

Signing this £5.85m-rated ace as backup or even as competition would prove not only a shrewd signing, but also with potential to surpass that of Bamford should his injury troubles continue.

In other news, £32m down the drain: Leeds had nightmare with “disappointing” £13.5m-rated Bielsa flop.

 

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