An update has emerged regarding Leeds’ interest in CSKA Moscow attacker Adolfo Gaich.
What’s the talk?
According to TuttoMercatoWeb, the Whites have made an offer to take the Argentine on loan from the Russian Premier League outfit.
The report claims that he is expected to leave CSKA on a temporary deal, having recently returned from a loan with Benevento, and it remains to be seen whether or not he wants to return to Italy.
Would Gaich be a good signing?
Bielsa must work his magic
If this move goes through, then Marcelo Bielsa must work his magic on the forward. The Argentine international could be an exciting addition to the squad given Bielsa’s reputation for being one of the most influential coaches in the world.
Gaich has not hit his stride at senior level as of yet, but has shown signs that he could explode onto the scene at any moment. This suggests that he needs the right coach to get the best out of him, and who better than Bielsa?
He is only 22 and has already been capped by Argentina at senior level and played in the top divisions in Russia and Italy. The attacker scored two goals in nine starts for Benevento in Serie A last season.
Last year, Argentine youth coach Fernando Batista compared him to Robert Lewandowski, highlighting the impressive physical attributes in his game.
He said of Gaich: “He has power, aerial play, he is strong. His speed can also prevail. Despite his height, he knows how to get an opponent off his back. I imagine him on those perfect European pitches, with the wet grass, ideal for him.
“The characteristics would perhaps fit better in the Premier League, in the Bundesliga, in Italian football. Though now he could also play perfectly in Spain and Barcelona.
“I see in the physical, how he puts the body, how he holds the ball, there are some Robert Lewandowski things.”
This suggests that he has the raw qualities needed to succeed at the top level, without harnessing them in the right way to become a consistent threat in front of goal. Therefore, he could be an exciting project for Bielsa to work on and fans could enjoy seeing him develop over the course of the season. With his coaching pedigree, he could help Gaich to use his physical ability to become the next Lewandowski.
Then, if all goes to plan, Victor Orta could look into a longer-term arrangement to keep him at the club. This loan could be a ‘try before you buy’ situation, giving Leeds the opportunity to see if the 22-year-old has what it takes to play regularly in the Premier League, and without the risk of splashing out on a lavish transfer fee for his services.