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Would Relegated Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy Be an Asset for Leeds Next Season? – by Rob Atkinson

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Huddersfield’s finest – but could Mooy do a Premier League job for Leeds next season?

We’re talking certainties against mere possibilities here of course, as – while Huddersfield‘s overdue relegation is just about nailed-on – we cannot yet be overly confident that Leeds United will replace them in the Premier League. But if, as seems fairly likely, that does happen, it might be time to acknowledge that Huddersfield do have a couple of half-decent players – and it might be time for an opportunistic pounce for the cream of their crop.

So, former Manchester City midfielder Aaron Mooy – would he be an asset for Leeds United? He’s probably Huddersfield’s best player, although for one reason or another, he’s not been able to have too much influence in their abysmal league showing this season. Consequently, the Terriers are now a massive eleven points shy of safety, which equates to their total points gained so far, with games running out and matches against Chelsea and Arsenal coming up. To say it’s looking dicey for the dog-botherers is a bit like saying that Holland isn’t all that hilly. Town are surely doomed, and will shortly be ripe for a bit of asset-stripping – which could be highly convenient for Leeds United, if we’re on the opposite journey, and if we think that Mooy is any better than what we already have.

I’d be interested to hear people’s thoughts on that last point. Sensible people, that is. Any unnecessarily triggered or yappy responses from rattled Town fans will be referred straight to the RSPCA.

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Bogusz! Leeds Have a Most Non Heinous Prospect in Polish Wonderkid Mateusz – by Rob Atkinson

Welcome to Leeds United, Mateusz Bogusz

The Leeds United development squad has been the focus of some pretty nifty recruitment work over the past few years – step forward and take a bow, Victor Orta – and the first team has reaped the rewards of some of this work over an injury-hit campaign so far. As some have said, given the level of injury absence, it’s little short of a miracle that United have remained at the top of the Championship table for so long – but part of that miracle has been the rich seam of talent emerging from the U-23s.

The latest in a long line of highly regarded young players to join, at least initially in the shadow squad, is Polish prodigy Mateusz Bogusz from Ruch Chorzów. This lad was fancied by several clubs, including Premier League Brighton domestically, but has also been on the radar of Italian giants Napoli, that move being blocked by his then club Ruch Chorzów. His record at a tender age shows why there has been such interest, and it seems clear that United have themselves a really hot prospect here. Given the way that the first team has been supplemented by youth this season, it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise to see Bogusz being involved at senior late sooner rather than later.

Hopefully, this will not spell the end of Leeds’ recruitment plans this window, with Swansea’s Daniel James still heavily linked and apparently keen on the move.