COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Leeds should make a sensational move to re-sign Bournemouth winger Max Gradel after he stated his desire to leave the club.
A BBC report claims that the Ivorian winger has told them he wants a move away from the Cherries due to a lack of first team opportunities this season.
Despite returning from a hamstring injury he has only featured 11 times in all competitions and has scored just one goal.
The Daily Mail claim that Gradel was on the brink of a £3million January move to Hull, sparking angst among the Elland Road faithful as to why Leeds were not attempting to sign the 29-year-old.
Gradel played for Leeds for two years between 2009 and 2011 prior to his £3million move to French outfit St Etienne.
Here are three reasons why Garry Monk should re-sign him:
Gradel made 82 league and cup appearances for Leeds during his time there and he scored 25 goals and assisted 13. At 29-years-old there is no reason why he cannot reproduce the same sort of form at Elland Road as he did six years ago, and arguably he will be a better player for his experiences in the Premier League with Bournemouth and Ligue 1 and the Europa League with St Etienne.
Gradel was a star man in Leeds’ promotion from League One to the Championship, so the Leeds faithful still have a special affinity with the Ivorian wide man. They were furious when their club did not make an approach for him in January and will surely be begging Monk and co to go after him after this admission.
Fits the system
Gradel is capable of playing on either wing, the prefers to cut in from the left, but he is also very capable of playing on the right. He would fit perfectly into Leeds’ 4-2-3-1 system as one of the three in-behind the striker. The idea of him linking up with the White’s star man Chris Wood is one that must excite the fans, as well as Monk.
In other Leeds news, Radrizzani has spoken today of an agreement with Leeds boss, Garry Monk.