Date: 13th May 2018 at 5:48pm
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It has been reported that Leeds are on the brink of completing their first serious bit of business of the summer window, with Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu close to signing a four-year deal for £3m.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, the striker will sign a contract as terms are almost agreed, with the fee already set with Carpi.

Leeds fans must feel like it’s Groundhog Day on hearing the news.

Digging a little into his stats you can see why they’re feeling alarmed and not excited at the news.

Mbakogu is 25-years-old, so he’s not some fresh talent making waves overseas.

He’s still playing in Serie B and has scored eight goals in 27 games this season – hardly prolific.

His best season was in 14/15 in Serie B when he scored 15 goals and added seven assists in 30 league games.

Now that’s the sort of stats that Leeds fans would take in the Championship, but he’s seemingly been on a downward trajectory ever since, and that’s enough to get the alarm bells ringing.

He seems like the absolute archetypal Orta player. One that no one else sees anything in except him.

That’s great if Orta is some transfer genius that has a sixth sense about players – but in the past year that’s been proven to not be the case.

Orta has brought in a number of unknown strikers that are destined to remain exactly that as they’ve seriously underperformed in the Championship.

It’s not an easy league to dominate and Mbakogu is obviously completely and utterly untested at that level.

It’s not like Leeds have money to burn either. Radrizzani is reportedly set to attract new investment into the club in a bid to bolster his transfer coffers – a £9million loan was converted into shares just last week.

The £3million for Mbakogu is a third of that and Orta is taking a massive, massive risk in Mbakogu.

If it doesn’t come off it could prove fatal to both his career prospects at Elland Road and the club’s chance of securing a valuable play-off place next season.

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