Matej Vydra could well be wearing a Leeds United shirt come the end of the week, but what does he bring to the table?
The Czech forward was heralded for his goal scoring abilities last season, a year which rejuvenated the players career after a few barren seasons.
A suspected £11million offer is on the table for Derby and with the club in dire need of reducing their wage bill, the money up front option could be their best chance at allowing their new manager Frank Lampard the finances to bolster his ageing squad.
With Vydra being left out of Lampard’s training squad in Tenerife and rumours the Rams could secure Chelsea prodigy Tammy Abraham for the upcoming season, a deal to bring the former Watford man looks set to be completed.
But why Vydra? Rumours suggest Bielsa has been increasingly involved in the move having been informed of the strikers availability by DoF Victor Orta.
With the new Leeds head coach set to revolutionise the tactical formation at the club, the need for a mobile forward who can cover large spaces and play on the break will be integral.
Kemal Roofe does give Leeds that option but may struggle to guarantee the club the 20+ goals needed to secure the promotion place being targeted.
Skilful, quick and able to play off the shoulder of the defender or wide right, Vydra possesses key attibutss needed in a leading man that Leeds lacked last year.
His ability to become a handful for the opposing defenders is something last seasons forwards lacked; including the former loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
However, with only one clinical season behind him the deal could be somewhat of a gamble for the Whites. Vydra’s 22 goals last season followed a rather disastrous 16/17 season where he only picked up 5 goals in 33 Championship appearances.
Can Vydra be a star for Leeds? Is this money well spent by the Leeds board? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham