Leeds United have had a fantastic start to the season under new boss Marcelo Bielsa having taken 14 points from their first six Championship fixtures.
Bielsa’s men find themselves at the top of the table ahead of Middlesbrough on goal difference with Kemar Roofe being one of the standout players in Leeds’ campaign thus far.
And the 25-year-old could soon be joined in attack by the returning Izzy Brown.
Brown joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Chelsea just before deadline day but has been unable to feature for his new team due to the serious knee injury he picked up back in January.
£4.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Brown, however, is expected to make his return to action in the coming weeks, and will be hoping Elland Road will provide him with the platform to showcase the talent that made Chelsea so desperate for his signature.
Brown arrived at Stamford Bridge as a 16-year-old from West Brom as one of the hottest prospects in English football, and Chelsea manager at the time Jose Mourinho had tipped the forward to make a name for himself on the international stage.
Speaking on Brown, his Leeds team-mate Lewis Baker and Dominic Solanke, Mourinho said (via Daily Mail): “My conscience tells me that if, for example, Baker, Brown, and Solanke are not national team players in a few years, I should blame myself.
“They are part of a process the club started without me. In this moment, we have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure.”
Brown, though, has yet to perform at a level anywhere close to being worthy of an England call up and has had mixed loan spells with Vitesse, Rotherham United, Huddersfield Town and Brighton since Mourinho’s bold claim.
Despite stagnating quite significantly, Brown still has the time and the attacking qualities to develop into a dangerous forward and, under a coach like Bielsa, there is a good chance of that happening.
Brown’s greatest attribute is his pace and dribbling, which he is able to use to get out of tight spaces, and his versatility in attack will also make him a useful weapon to have for Bielsa who relies heavily on the use of attacking midfielders.
Where Brown needs to improve is in front of goal; his goal-scoring record does not bode well for an attacking player.
Ultimately, Brown still looks quite raw but, if there is one manager who can polish the former West Brom man, then it is Bielsa.
With the ability he has and the style of football Leeds are playing, Brown is capable of reaching serious figures this season and helping his side gain promotion to the Premier League.