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.