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Leeds: Orta can form deadly duo with McAtee



Leeds United ended up scoring 20 fewer goals during the 2021/22 Premier League campaign (42) than they did in the season prior (62).

One reason for that could be down to the fact that they had to play the majority of their games without striker Patrick Bamford.

After scoring 17 goals in 38 league appearances in 20/21, the Englishman only played nine times in the league last time out due to unfortunate injury issues.

Now that the season has ended and Leeds will now be facing another campaign in the top division, it’s safe to say that Bamford and everyone at the club will be hoping he can be more involved this time around.

In terms of the summer transfer window and which potential players could come in and strengthen Jesse Marsch’s squad, one figure that has been linked with a move to Elland Road recently that could form a deadly duo with Bamford is Manchester City youngster James McAtee.

As a product of City’s youth system, the midfielder has delivered 71 goal contributions in 93 appearances across their senior and youth sides with 44 goals scored and 27 goals assisted.

His latest season saw the 19-year-old find the net 18 times and deliver seven assists in 23 league appearances for City’s U23 side.

Labelled as a “young player with massive talent and huge potential” by journalist Jonathan Smith, McAtee has also been praised for his “stunning” attacking play by Jordan Elgott.

With all of this in mind, the youngster certainly knows how to be a nuisance for opposition defenders and goalkeepers and could now be ready to become a regular Premier League figure.

Taking all of this into account, if Leeds can seal the teenager’s signature this summer, Marsch can then work his magic and potentially form what could be a frightening duo alongside Bamford in terms of their attacking prowess, especially given McAtee’s ability to create goalscoring chances.

Moving forward, should an opportunity for Leeds to sign the Englishman either on a loan deal or permanent basis arise this summer, Victor Orta should be all over it and then give him the chance to prove himself in the top flight.

AND in other news: Marsch can land his own Richarlison with Leeds bid for “dangerous” £58m destroyer





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