17 July 2024

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 21: Nadiem Amiri of Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrates after scoring their side's fourth goal during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach at BayArena on August 21, 2021 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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The Whites nearly signed their very own Bernardo Silva with a swoop for £5m “street footballer”.

Leeds United have seemingly exploded into action as the deadline day draws ever closer, with Daniel Farke seeking to spur on a late flurry of deals to instigate a true push for the Championship title…

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However, their pursuit of such a goal has taken an early hit, having only claimed their first league win of the season over the weekend at the fourth time of asking.

That victory has proved so precious though, seemingly turning the negative energy that shrouded Elland Road into swathes of positivity. That has seemingly filtered into their late business, with new targets now appearing daily.

One such example was Nadiem Amiri, who despite having rejected a switch to Yorkshire last week, had reportedly had a change of heart that saw him close in on a move.

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Whilst a fee of around £5m had been agreed for his services just last week, a recent turn of events has reportedly seen him fly out to view the training ground before immediately picking up the phone to turn down the move for a second time.

How good is Nadiem Amiri?

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Despite having overseen a relatively lacklustre career thus far given the promise he initially offered, a switch to England could have helped reignite the five-time German international who is still just 26 years old.

Having begun his career at Hoffenheim, a move to Bayer Leverkusen has seen him become a relative mainstay for the Black and Reds, but with chances limited of late. Despite that, he has still accumulated 138 appearances, posting 31 goal contributions during his four years there.

Such is his immense quality and unrelenting work rate from midfield that he has even drawn comparisons to Manchester City’s star man Bernardo Silva.

FBref even outlines this by including the Portugal international on his ‘similar players’ list, as fine company to be associated with.

After all, such is the importance of the 29-year-old dynamo, manager Pep Guardiola was seemingly desperate to tie him down to a new deal, with City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain noting after succeeding in this task:

“Bernardo has been exceptional during his time at the Etihad, so we’re delighted that he has signed a contract extension with the Club.

“His quality and technical ability is fantastic – and alongside his hard work and

professionalism, he has become one of the best players in the world.”

Should Amiri manage to emulate the success earned by Silva, who last season posted 15 goal contributions across all competitions as his side claimed a historic treble, Farke will likely be furious at his numerous failed attempts to bring him to Elland Road.

After all, when compared to other midfielders across Europe, he ranks in the top 9% for non-penalty goals per 90, the top 8% for total shots per 90, the top 14% for progressive carries per 90 and the top 13% for successful take-ons per 90, via FBref.

Will West Ham sign Michail Antonio?

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According to a fresh update from Football Transfers, Leeds could still snap up Antonio before the end of the current transfer window, with a West Ham exit not out of the question:

“Michail Antonio has told David Moyes that he wishes to leave West Ham this window if they bring in Youssef En-Nesyri from Sevilla – with Leeds, Fulham, and clubs in the Saudi Pro League keen on the veteran, FootballTransfers have been informed.

“Antonio, the club’s record goalscorer in the Premier League, believes he will be relegated to the bench because of Moyes’ preference to play with one target man. The striker currently has a number of proposals to consider, with clubs in the Scottish Premiership also thought be interested in the striker.”

Antonio could be an exceptional signing for Leeds if they manage to get a deal over the line this week, coming in as someone who would admittedly be more likely to be a short-term option, but an individual who could help fire them back into the Premier League.

The Jamaican’s pedigree speaks for itself, having shone in the top flight for an extended period of time, and he has also proven himself in the Championship in the past, registering 61 goal contributions (28 goals and 33 assists) in the competition.

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It would be a surprise if Antonio left Wesh Ham in the coming days, considering what a key man he has been in the opening weeks of the 2023/24 season, but it is understandable why he could feel unwanted if they go and sign another striker, which could play into Leeds’ hands.

With Joel Piroe already coming in as an excellent signing from Swansea City, adding much-needed firepower to the squad, Antonio could make them even more formidable in the final third for the next few years, being hailed as “incredible” by journalist Toby Cudworth and possessing the pace and power to scare Championship defenders.

 

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