Leeds United continued their unbeaten run in the Championship with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland on their trip to the Stadium of Light this weekend and currently stand in the fifth place, four games into the campaign. Thomas Christiansen will be happy with the start but will surely look to make another addition to the squad before the deadline day.
He has been linked with some exciting stars in recent times and one name that is now doing the rounds is Arsenal star Chuba Akpom.
Akpom in search of regular football:
Having failed to establish himself in the first team under Arsene Wenger since his move to the senior side in 2013, Akpom, a product of the Arsenal Academy is finally ready to quit Emirates in search of regular football.
Reports from the Mirror claim that Leeds United are interested in signing him on a permanent basis but face stiff competition from Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic this summer. So, is Akpom an option Leeds should look at?
Akpom and his potential:
Having spent loan stints at five different English clubs in different tiers, Akpom has gathered loads of experience on the road but has failed to impress Arsene Wenger, getting just four starts for Arsenal.
Known for his strength and dribbling abilities, Akpom is a decent finisher who knows his way to the back of the net. A centre forward by trait, he is strong with his hold up play and loves to have the ball at his feet to dictate play in the final third. He is adept at falling deep and creating space for himself while his trickery on the ball often earns him loads of fouls.
Though he is not as strong as former Leeds striker Chris Wood, in the air, Akpom is a decent player to have to lead the attack.
But can he replace Wood?
Burnley managed to pull off a decent coup in the form of Wood for his price and has left a huge hole at the top for Leeds to fill and very little time to do the same. The New Zealand international has been a goal scoring beast at the Elland Road and will not be easy to replace and Akpom, at just 21, is just not ready to take the responsibility as yet.
He has three goals and an assist in 52 Championship games in his career and though he has been productive in the reserve league, is just not a player who can help United to promotion.
He has the potential to be a super star in the future but Leeds now need an established player who can walk into the first team, command and lead the attack for the side and should only look at Akpom to add depth to the squad and not as the first choice.