Following a disappointing start to the Championship season, summer signing Joel Piroe has helped to transform the club’s form in recent weeks as they climb into the play-off places after earning their first home win of the season.
Despite winning twice so far this season, Daniel Farke’s men were yet to win at Elland Road this season, until they cruised past Watford in a triumphant second-half display in which Piroe’s opening goal sent the club on their way, with Sam Byram and Jaidon Anthony also contributing to a fierce 3-0 victory.
Following Sam Greenwood’s loan departure and Patrick Bamford’s injury, Leeds United needed someone who could step up in the final third and add a consistent amount of goals to Daniel Farke’s side to shoot them up the Championship table.
The 24-year-old joined Leeds United on August 24 2023, with the club having played five league matches since his arrival from Championship rivals Swansea City for a significant undisclosed fee.
Piroe made his Leeds United debut less than 48 hours after signing for the club and it took him just 19 minutes to get himself off the mark for the club after he grabbed the club’s third goal in an entertaining 4-3 victory against Ipswich Town.
This was followed up with a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday, before the Dutchman grabbed a brace as Leeds United cruised past Millwall at The Den. Following another goalless draw against an in-form Hull City side, Piroe grabbed the opening goal during Saturday’s 3-0 victory against Watford.
Currently, Piroe has scored four goals in his first five matches for Leeds United and is currently averaging 0.8 goals per game. If his form continues, Piroe will be expected to hit roughly 30 goals in the Championship which could single-handedly take Daniel Farke’s side back to the Premier League.
Similarly, Leeds United sat 17th when Piroe joined the club, but after just five matches the side now sit 6th in the table and are back in action this weekend as they travel to an out-of-form Southampton side in which Piroe could run riot.
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