Rising star Jake Hastie looks set to make it big in English football with the Daily Record reporting that a whole host of clubs, including Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United, Norwich City, and West Bromwich Albion, are currently looking into signing the player.
It is understood that Hastie, who turns twenty next month, could be available for a cut price at the end of this season. Anyone who’s seen the young man play will know what a bargain he could turn out to be.
Hastie has already secured a decent amount of first-team minutes under his belt on loan at second tier side Alloa Athletic before making his return to Fir Park at the beginning of the year.
Since then he’s impressed scoring 3 goals and assisting a further 4 more to help Motherwell climb up the table with four wins on the bounce. Indeed, admirers of the player will be particularly pleased with the long-ranged peach he scored in Motherwell’s 2-1 victory over St. Mirren last game around.
With the Scotsman not short of suitors, we look at where we believe to be the best possible location to help further his progression as a young talent…
There’s no doubt that Marcelo Bielsa is one of the best man managers in world football. He’s taken Leeds United from the murky depths of mid-table misery and turned them into legitimate title challengers.
Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, two of the finest tacticians the game has seen, both consider him the best manager in the world – and that’s not an easy feat. He’s wild, and a little unorthodox at times, but his brand of high intensity, technical football is a breath of fresh air for fans, who are just about recovering from the nightmare that was Paul Heckingbottom.
What’s most admirable about Bielsa is that he’s clearly willing to give young players a chance. Homegrown talents Jack Clarke, Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts have all featured at one point or another this season and, judging by their performances, will have plenty of more opportunities to prove themselves going forwards.
As a natural left winger, we see no reason why Hastie couldn’t challenge current starter Alioski for a place in the squad, given his talents and obvious ability.
There’s no guarantee that he’d get this kind of exposure anywhere else in the country, without dropping down in quality, so we consider Leeds United the best choice for his career.