Date: 23rd July 2019 at 4:03pm
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Phil Hay has reported that Leeds are not looking at improving their strike-force this summer. The comments are similar to that of Director of Football Victor Orta’s, who remarked that the club is “90% covered in the plans we have”.

The Yorkshire club could rue the chance to improve their strike force, as the club scored the second-fewest goals out of the top six last season.

It is not the creating of chances that Marcelo Bielsa’s struggled with, as the club averaged 17.2 shots per game last season. It’s the finishing of opportunities that hindered their chances of reaching the Premier League, with a 13% conversion rate.

Patrick Bamford managed ten goals and two assists in 25 appearances last season, which is nearly a goal contribution every two games.

However, Bamford only registered 24 shots on target out of 68 attempts, meaning that his goal tally could have been much higher had he been more clinical.

His strike partner Kemar Roofe is coming off of the best season of his career, scoring 15 goals and registering two assists in 34 appearances. His performances led to reports of Rangers’ interest in the 26-year-old, but it could’ve been so much better for the former Oxford United striker.

Roofe had 101 shots at goal last season, but only 38 were on target which fits in with the theme of Leeds’ struggles of the past campaign: missed chances.

The whole Leeds squad took 791 shots at goal in the league, which was 82 more than champions Norwich. However, the Championship winners scored 20 more goals than the 73 Bielsa’s men could manage.

The failure to put away chances came to a head in the humiliating play-off semi-final defeat to Derby. The first leg finished 1-0 to The Whites; however, they had 12 shots, three on target and only one goal. The tie could have been out of sight after that first leg, and it came back to bite them.

The second leg was more of the same, 22 shots, eight on target, and only two goals. On the other hand, Derby were clinical, scoring four goals from their five shots on target.

Another reason why the Yorkshire club should look to dip into the transfer market to strengthen their frontline is the injury-prone nature of both strikers. The pair missed 27 games between them last season, with them both being injured for a six-game period during the season.

The theme of missed chances looks to have continued into this season, with numerous big chances being missed in their pre-season friendlies against Western Sydney Wanderers and Manchester United.

Unless they look into the transfer market before the deadline on August 8th, the scoring woes of last season could affect the chances of seeing Bielsa and Leeds promoted next May.

 

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