Leeds urged to sign Watford striker as Pearson gives his verdict

Date published: Thursday 16th January 2020 7:23

Leeds have been told to go all out for the signing of Watford striker Andre Gray this month after their failure to persuade Southampton to part with Che Adams.

The Whites appear to have hit a brick wall in their attempts to persuade Southampton to allow Che Adams to leave, with boss Ralph Hassenhuttl winning his battle to keep the striker at St Mary’s.

Leeds are now reported to have moved on to other targets, but with memories of last January’s failed capture of Dan James still fresh in supporters’ minds, Bielsa insists the club are doing all they can.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was quick to address these concerns during his press conference on Thursday lunchtime.

One alternative to Adams who has been suggested is Watford hitman  Gray – and with odds on the former Burnley man moving to Elland Road slashed with many a leading bookmaker, pundit Darren Bent insists he is the one Leeds should now target.

Bent, speaking to Football Insider, believes Gray has got everything the Whites need, saying: “Yeah, I think we’ve seen before when he was at Burnley, and he was the best player in the Championship that year with them.

“He was one of the best players in the Championship that season, he’s got the pace, the power and that might be just what they need.

“Obviously [Patrick] Bamford isn’t really scoring the goals at the moment and it seems like neither they or West Brom want to win this league at the moment.

“They both seem to drop points at the same time, it never seems like one loses on the same weekend the other wins.

“It’s strange but I think that will be the perfect signing.

 

“There’s been talk of [Cauley] Woodrow and I think he’d have been a very good signing, Dwight Gayle mentioned, but of course if you can’t get them two, Andre Gray has proven pedigree in that league.”

Speculation linking Gray with a move to Elland Road drew a response from Hornets boss Nigel Pearson on Thursday, who commented: “I have spoken with Andre and he is very much a part of what we are trying to do here. Nobody is surplus to requirements.

“He is capable of scoring goals and looks good in training. I am pleased with how he has coped with the situation and when he gets his chance it is up to him to take it.”

In discussing potential incomings this month, Bielsa said: “There are a lot of things we consider in this window. How much time is left, how long the player takes to adapt, if the player who comes is ready or not, the adaptation of how much one player costs the club, after the adaptation with team-mates because if nobody comes, after we are going to predict we don’t bring someone.

“If we bring one wrong player we will predict we took a bad decision. We are going to try to find the right player, but we are not going to bring one player who doesn’t fit with us just to say we brought someone in.

“Even if we lack one more attacker we are not going to bring someone in who doesn’t fit because a difficult decision to take because the player who comes is going to be an option to Bamford. The player who comes instead of Clarke will compete with all our wingers. This happens in every team. We are not in condition to say to one player you will come and play the rest of the season.”

One player who looks to be on his way, however, is young Manchester City winger Ian Poveda after Bielsa made a personal intervention to bring him to Elland Road.

 

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