With precious time left in the transfer window, Leeds United fans are getting anxious. While the club has made a fast start to life in the Premier League this season, they also still ‘boast’ a rather thin squad. All it would take is an injury or two, and the Whites could be looking at another injury crisis like last year. As such, head coach Jesse Marsch and co. are keen to add at least one more forward to the ranks before the deadline ends.
A good start to the season has lifted the fans, culminating in a 3-0 dismantling of old rivals Chelsea. This could help to elevate the positivity around the club, and encourage the ownership to dig into their pockets a bit more. Another forward could arrive, though the name being linked might be one that raises eyebrows: Hwang Hee-chan.
Currently at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the South Korean international struggled badly in the Premier League after a fast start. Wolves are now not seeing the player take to the pitch much, and would be happy to move on from a player they pay a premium for last year.
Marsch knows the player well from their time at Salzburg together. In total, Hwang put together his best ever season, scoring sixteen times and setting up twenty two more goals in just forty games in the 2019-20 season. Since then, though, things have been much harder for the South Korean.
A poor spell at RB Leipzig was then followed by the loan to Wolves. A fast start to life in England soon petered out, and fans questioned why the club made his signing permanent in the end up. Marsch, though, might feel confident he can extract more from his interesting protégé.
Che Adams deal highly unlikely
Another name who has been linked is Scotland international Che Adams. Adams, while by no means prolific, can score goals in bunches and also has a great off the ball attitude. He works hard, presses intently, and has the physical condition needed to thrive for Leeds. He would definitely suit the style being employed by the club, and would offer a good companion up front for the likes of Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford.
However, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl show down any talk of the player leaving. In his press conference before the weekend matches, the Austrian said: “I can categorically say that he is our player and he will stay with us and that we love him, especially when he scores goals. We will definitely not sell him in the summer.”
That, then, probably rules one name out of the list. And with the chance that Cody Drameh and Ian Poveda will move on from the club before the end of the window, Leeds will need to get someone in before the end of the summer window.
This has been a great season so far for Leeds fans; injuries, though, could soon derail everything as they did last year. Extra depth, even at a premium price, would be absolutely worth the investment.