Leeds United are reportedly in the market for an attacker or two, after Samu Saiz left for Getafe and Lewis Baker was recalled from his loan by Chelsea.
The latest name to be linked with Leeds United comes from outside of England, but still not too far away.
Transfer news LIVE: Leeds United 'keeping tabs' on Kilmarnock star Eamonn Brophy #LUFChttps://t.co/UmNWxNMGHW pic.twitter.com/h8lV1P3vMa— Daily Record Sport (@Record_Sport) January 10, 2019
The Daily Mail is reporting that Leeds are interested in 22 year-old striker Eamonn Brophy from Kilmarknock. Brophy has collected eight goals and two assists in 17 appearances so far this season for the Scottish club that is challenging Rangers FC and Celtic FC for a SPFL title this season. Kilmarnock have 41 points from 21 games, and are only one point behind Celtic, who are on top of the table.
Brophy is a former Scotland U21 international, and he’s played for a number of different Scottish clubs before making the move to Klimarnock in the summer of 2017. He scored eight goals and registered three assists in all competitions last season for Kilmarnock, so he’s having a career year at the club right now.
He’s reportedly got good pace and he has “modeled” his game after former Leeds and Republic or Ireland striker Robbie Keane, although he’s played both up front and out wide in his career.
This link would make more sense if Brophy was more of a winger or number 10 attacking player, rather than as a striker, as Leeds are pretty set at striker with Tyler Roberts and Patrick Bamford backing up Kemar Roofe, although with Roberts also starting to play at the number 10 position and Bamford out injured again, someone like Brophy could be utilized as a striker.
Scottish Premiership players outside of Celtic and Rangers aren’t on very high wages, and Klimarnock might be persuaded to sell while Brophy’s value is at its highest. However, the success of Scottish players south of the border isn’t guaranteed. This rumour might be fun to think about, but it doesn’t look like it will come to anything.