Farke must push 49ers to seal brand new Leeds striker as transfer news drops

Leeds United are interested in signing Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer this summer and their desperate need for a forward may force Daniel Farke to push 49ers Enterprises to seal his signature.

According to Last Word on Sports (14 August), the Whites are likely to make an approach for the Villa Park wonder as they desperately work on signing a new forward before the window shuts in two weeks and Archer is among Farke’s list of targets.

It is not clear whether Leeds United are targeting a permanent deal or loan arrangement for the Englishman, but the latter appears more likely at this stage, with Aston Villa open to allowing him to seek pastures new.

Leeds are in need of fresh impetus in attack after seeing the likes of Rodrigo Moreno depart since their relegation from the Premier League, while club veteran Patrick Bamford and January signing Georginio Rutter continue to struggle with injury issues.

Farke is suffering with a rather depleted squad right now, having been forced to field just eight substitutions against Birmingham City on Saturday 12 August due to several injuries, while the likes of Wilfried Gnonto [The Athletic, 12 August] and Luis Sinisterra [Phil Hay, 12 August] both chose to miss the fixture due to their desire to seek a transfer elsewhere.

After the latest Elland Road departure of Jack Harrison, the Whites’ desperate need for attacking reinforcements have been made abundantly clear.

And with just two weeks remaining in the transfer window, the 49ers simply have to put the money where their mouth is as Farke looks to bolster his squad to achieve their promotions aims come May.

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Archer seems a great choice for the Whites on the face of it, given the 21-year-old proved what he is capable of in the Championship during a productive spell on loan with Middlesbrough last season, and his class and experience at this level could prove absolutely pivotal for Farke and Leeds.

During his six-month spell under Michael Carrick at Middlesbrough, the 21-year-old bagged 11 goals and six assists from 20 outings, establishing himself as one of the most prolific and exciting young strikers in the country.

However, his stunning experiences and development didn’t stop there despite Boro’s unfortunate failure to secure Premier League promotion, Archer also formed a part of the England Under-21 European Championship winning team this past month.

Archer certainly played his part despite filling in from the bench throughout the tournament, scoring two goals from his five appearances.

According to FBRef over the past 365 days, Archer ranks impressively high amongst forwards in the next top eight competitions after Europe’s top-five leagues.

The 21-year-old ranks in the 99th percentile for non-penalty goals per 90 minutes, 99th percentile for assists per 90, and 99th percentile for expected assisted goals showcasing his huge levels of influence and performance when both scoring and creating chances.

That is certainly further backed up by his 90th percentile ranking for progressive carries, 88th percentile for successful take-ons and 89th percentile for touches in the attacking penalty area per 90 [FBRef].

Not only is Archer a true penalty box predator but a player capable of mixing his game in the final third too, something Leeds United desperately need right now, especially with the likes of Gnonto and Sinisterra refusing to play for the club.

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With plenty of talented attacking options in their rank but no pure goalscorer, Leeds must ensure they are at the front of the queue to land Archer should the Villans sanction his temporary exit.

Farke is under intense pressure to ensure the Whites are well-stocked to challenge for promotion and for that reason alone, he is well within his rights to push the club’s owners to make their move for Archer’s services.