Marcelo Bielsa urged to boost Leeds’ strikeforce by signing Prem star

Date published: Sunday 15th March 2020 2:15 - Robert McCarthy

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has been told that he should try and sign Teemu Pukki from Norwich City at the end of the season.

After gaining promotion with the Canaries, Pukki started the Premier League season well, scoring five goals in just three games – including a hat-trick against Newcastle in just the second game of the season.

He has gone on to notch 11 goals so far in a difficult campaign for Daniel Farke’s strugglers, although he does sit level with Raheem Sterling and Anthony Martial in the scoring charts.

And if Leeds were to be promoted to the Premier League – should the campaign get underway again – then Bielsa should do everything he can to bring Pukki to Elland Road, according to Mills.

“Pukki would be the obvious choice,” Mills told Football Insider.

“It is where does he go and what sort of fee would he command. Does he want to leave Norwich? He is the obvious one.

“He is a goalscorer and he has proven he can do it. A good position and the way that Leeds play.

“He has proven himself in the top flight this season, and could be a vital addition to Leeds’ squad.”

Mills added that Leeds will almost certainly need to bring in another striker if they want to survive in the top flight, with Patrick Bamford known for missing more chances than he takes.

 

But Mills thinks that Bielsa may have a surprise up his sleeve on that front, adding: “Bielsa is a funny one and a canny one at times.

“He could bring in somebody completely left-field. He may well use his contacts in South America or Spain to bring in somebody.

“I think it would be obvious that they would have to bring somebody of quality in the centre-forward position if they get promoted.”

Leeds did sign Jean-Kevin Augustin on a six-month loan deal in January, to put pressure on Bamford, but the RB Leipzig striker has struggled with injuries and not really looked the answer when he has featured.

 

 

 

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