Leeds United are rumoured to be interested in Fleetwood Town striker Devante Cole, as the CEO of Fleetwood Town, Steve Curwood, said that a number of clubs, including Leeds, had shown interest in the young Manchester City product on talkSPORT breakfast show.
Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood revealed this morning on the talkSPORT weekend breakfast show that Leeds United have shown significant interest in League One striker Devante Cole. #LUFC #MOT— The LUFC Ultimate (@TheLUFCUltimate) January 6, 2018
Unfortunately for Devante, he’ll always be compared to his dad, former Manchester United, Newcastle United, and Blackburn Rovers striker Andy Cole. And while that’s not exactly fair to the 22 year-old, playing as a striker in England with a famous father will always bring the comparisons.
Devante Cole has scored 10 goals and assisted on another five goals in 25 league appearances this season for Fleetwood. Before going to Fleetwood Town, he came up through the youth ranks at Manchester City, and spent time at Bradford City, Milton Keynes Dons, and Barnsley FC.
Currently, Leeds United have a few options at striker, but none of which have left most fans feeling very comfortable. Pierre-Michel Lasogga, the loanee from Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga, often looks out of shape and out of the match, but he’s still the best finisher at the club. Kemar Roofe has scored plenty of goals, but isn’t physical enough to be a lone striker against teams that use strength and power to defend. Caleb Ekuban has all the pace you’d ever want in a striker, and has natural ability, but he can’t shoot and is injured with a broken foot for the second time this season.
And while Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen has said that the club isn’t looking for a new striker, he’s not the one in charge of transfers. Director of Football Victor Orta is the one who calls the shots on transfers, and he’s been pretty tight-lipped. Christiansen has also remained pretty mum on pretty much everything during press conferences, so it’s not a surprise that he isn’t saying much.
Will this transfer happen? It’s not surprising that Leeds might have made contact, and he could come in a do a job for Leeds. Rangers FC from Scotland, among others, have been rumoured to be interested in Cole, so if there is a bidding war, Leeds might just look for a different option rather than overpay for domestic talent. 50% chance.