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Leeds United Lead Race for AFCON 2017 Top Scorer

Could the 28-year-old suit up at Elland Road?

Apoel Nicosia v FC Astana - UEFA Champions League: Qualifying Round Play Off Second Leg Photo by Getty Images

Leeds United are reportedly after another striker, this time in the shape of Congolese striker Junior Kabananga. Kabananga plays for Kazakhstani side Astana where he’s scored 14 in 21 games in the Kazakhstan Premier League. Junior is also reportedly on the radar for fellow Championship sides Hull City and Nottingham Forrest, but Leeds are leading the race for his signature.

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Kabananga’s career started at Anderlecht in 2010 after he made a move from Congolese side FC MK Etanchéité. This was a move shrouded with controversy, as Anderlecht admitted to using a forged document while they transferred Kabananga from Congo. During his three year stay at Anderlecht, Kabananga went out on loan twice to two Belgian clubs, the now dissolved Germinal Beerschot and Roeselare. In 2013 Junior signed a two year deal with Cercle Brugge, a club who is owned by French powerhouse AS Monaco. He appeared 64 times for the Groen en Zwart, scoring 13 times. He then moved on to Astana who own his rights today, but he was on loan with Turkish Süper Lig side Kardemir Karabükspor.

If his name seems vaguely familiar, that’s because Junior Kabananga was the top scorer in this year’s AFCON. Three goals for the Leopards is all it took for Junior to be the top scorer in the tournament as well as being named to CAF Team of the Tournament.

To make a move for Junior Kabananga would make it clear that Thomas Christiansen wants a classic target man to be the arrow tip of his offense. Kabananga fits that mold, and I do think he has better passing ability than Chris Wood. With Marcus Antonsson rumored to be on his way out, Kabananga can come in and bring experience as well as depth to this team. However, JK just extended his contract with Astana, and I mean just extended it, so that’d seem like a transfer killer to me.

How would YOU like to see Junior Kabananga in a Leeds kit? Let me know in the comments! MOT