26 Jun 2019 06:46pm, by YorkshireSquare

One surprise omission from our young players to watch for 2019/2020 list is Hugo Diaz. Having played a vital part in the U23 side last season, captaining the side for much of it, and with one year still left on his contract he has been released by the club this week. At the age of 22 it was really now or never for Diaz and having passed him over on a couple of occasions last season it looks as though Bielsa has decided he did not have a future at the club and that there were perhaps better prospects coming through such as Halme and Struijk. We continue our look at Leeds United’s young prospects who could break through next season.




Kun Temenuzhkov

Country: Bulgaria | DOB: 01/02/2000 | Position: Attacker

Some call him the Bulgarian Aguero and there are similarities in the way he plays. A powerful lad who can glide past defenders and can play up front or attacking midfield. Signed from Barcelona in July 2017 he has featured in The Guardian's "60 of the best young talents in world football" list, who likened him to Luis Suárez. Eligible to represent Bulgaria and Spain he has represented Bulgaria through youth levels. Made his debut for the first team alongside Clarke Oduor in the FA Cup defeat to QPR. Will be most remembered last season for his stunner against Coventry in the PDL play-off semi-finals.





Alfie McCalmont

Country: Northern Ireland | DOB: 25/03/2000 | Position: Midfielder

Employed as both an attacking and holding midfielder last season. His passing ability, dictating of play, providing an attacking spark and willingness to throw himself into a tackle means he fits the holding midfield role well. He is viewed by some fans as one of the most exciting prospects to come through the Leeds system in recent seasons. Yorkshire born but he has featured for Northern Ireland at youth level and trained with the senior squad this spring. Put pen to paper on a new deal in January to keep him at Leeds until 2021.






Ryan Edmondson

Country: England | DOB: 20/05/2001 | Position: Striker

Signed from York City in November 2017 he has come a long way in the past 12 months. Made his debut for Leeds in the Championship on the last day of the 2017/2018 season at just 16 years of age but looks leaner and fitter 12 months on. A tall, powerful striker he scored 19 goals for the U23s last season and has the potential to lead the line for Leeds United in the future. Paul Heckingbottom said of Edmondson "He’s a good guy and he gives everything to be a footballer, that’s what we want." and former boss at York City, Martin Gray believes he can make it as a Premiership player.





Clarke Oduor

Country: Kenya | DOB: 25/06/1999 | Position: Winger/Wing Back

Nairobi born Odour signed for Leeds in January 2017 and was handed the number 54 shirt last season. Naturally left footed he can play left wing or left back he provided crucial assists to the prolific Edmondson for the U23s last season. Leif Davis may have been given the nod for the first team when cover was required this season but many fans highlight Odour as a more exciting prospect. Strong, quick and intelligent he made his debut for the first team alongside Kun Temenuzhkov in the FA Cup third round defeat to QPR, a month later he signed a contract extension until the summer of 2020.





Kamil Miazek

Country: Poland | DOB: 15/08/1996 | Position: Goalkeeper

Once a Feyenoord youngster, Miazek signed on trial initially in October 2017, making the deal permanent in January 2018. He is a bit down the goalkeeping pecking order at Leeds, missing out on first team action when Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Jamal Blackman were injured with Will Huffer getting the call up instead. But many fans rate him as being better than Peacock-Farrell and Huffer and has impressed for the U23s, saving two penalties in the Professional Development League final shootout. He earned a one-year contract extension in May but at nearly 23 and with Harrison Male and Joshua Rae pushing from the younger age groups this needs to be his breakthrough season.


Young players to watch in 2019/2020 Part 1 >>


Thanks to SG90, Cjay, faaip and Chilli D for the player suggestions, check out the Leeds United Under-23's thread on our forums to join the discussion.

26 Jun 2019 11:20am, by YorkshireSquare


Author: Ashley Munson

It’s fair to say that, even by their standards, Leeds had an intriguing season in the year just gone – we’re talking spy gate, allowing walk in goals and a title race that ended in play-off heartache. Long gone are the years where Leeds was more likely to be a top pick in the odds for the World Series of baseball, than of actually being favourite for a promotion place in Premier League!

It all changed last season with the arrival of Chilean tactician Marcelo Bielsa. So, they’ve arguably already made their biggest signing of the window - keeping Bielsa, who seems to be eager in making Leeds an exciting team to watch. So, their transfer business could prove equally as interesting to keep an eye on. Here’s five to watch over the coming months.


5) JACK HARRISON

Harrison is a name known to all Leeds fans after his successful loan spell last season, in which he made 42 appearances. The 22-year-old winger has several offers on the table but has reportedly advised Man City he wants to reunite with Bielsa. Whilst it will be a good signing, it won’t be a name the fans crave but a promotion could see Harrison become a permanent addition and that would be a huge positive. It’s a deal that’s as good as done.


4) FRANCESCO TOTTI

Okay, the chances of this one materialising would appear slim, very slim, but it has been rumoured that an offer has been made to Roma legend Totti, 42, to come out of retirement. At this age it is not likely to see a field player on the top flights, even if he is one of the best to ever grace the game like Totti. Even if ‘Il Capitano’ was to agree to a deal, it seems unlikely he’d feature much after two years out of the game although his talent is unquestionable and since he has fell apart with Roma’s board, he might be eager on a challenge. He would certainly be a huge signing for the marketing team though. Don’t hold your breath though.





3) HELDER COSTA

Costa is a huge talent and was a sprinkling of stardust in the Wolves team that won promotion to the Premier League a couple of years ago but whilst featuring in 25 matches as Wolves finished 7th last year most appearances were from the bench. Costa is reportedly free to move but he’ll be keen to ply his trade in the top tier again with play-off winners Aston Villa also interested, so Bielsa will need to use all his charm to get this one over the line. A little of Portuguese flair worked for Wolves, so who knows if Costa would be a lucky charm for Leeds to finally return to the Premier League?


2) JAMAL LOWE

Lowe started his career at Barnet but started to find the net on a regular basis at Hampton & Richmond before being signed by Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. Since joining, Lowe's established himself as first choice on the right wing and last season top scored with 17 goals (all comps) and added a further nine assists.
Pompey will be keen to keep Lowe to aid them in their promotion challenge after missing out in the last campaign but, given they’ve added to their attacking options in the last week with the signing of Ipswich forward Ellis Harrison, this could well have legs. Leeds have some competition on this one, but they seem like the biggest club currently bidding for the 24 year old, which might weigh on his decision.


1) GIANLUIGI BUFFON

The experienced Italian stopper is one of the most decorated goalkeepers in world football and, for a long time, was hailed as the best of the lot and the rumour mill suggests he could be heading to Elland Road for the twilight of his career. Buffon has recently left PSG after spending 23 years in Italy with Parma and Juventus; he is allegedly eager to return to one of his former clubs in Italy, Parma or even Juventus, but he has also been muted as a possible destination to replace another star keeper, Iker Casillas, in FC Porto. Expect any deal to drag on for a while but the rumours don’t appear to be fading.


There you have it, five transfers that will keep you refreshing your phone at every opportunity and if all goes to plan, Bielsa and his men will head into the new season with a real shot at promotion.