When Leeds United announced the deadline day signing of Izzy Brown from Chelsea on a season-long loan last summer, their supporters had every right to be excited.
The 22-year-old’s outstanding versatility gave Marcelo Bielsa the option of fielding him in a number of different positions for the Whites who were looking to sustain a consistent push for promotion at the start of the campaign.
With Brown having previous experience of helping Huddersfield Town achieve top-flight football in 2017, all the signs were there that he could repeat his heroics at Elland Road.
After Leeds announced that the move for the midfielder had been completed on Twitter, these fans took to the social media platform to react to the news.
This lad can play welcome to Leeds United. It’s all in the name #MOT
— Mark talbot (@Marktalbot20) August 30, 2018
superb signing, #lufc
— paul kelly (@paulie_lufc) August 30, 2018
Great signing mot
— John Timmis (@JohnMjt) August 30, 2018
— Adam Ross (@rossi_on) August 30, 2018
What a signing. Right player!
— col horsfield (@col_horsfield) August 30, 2018
Cracking signing. Welcome Izzy.
— Mike (@yonyteboah) August 30, 2018
Not bad this
— Joe Beggs (@LUFC_Beggsy) August 30, 2018
Great signing welcome to Leeds
— John Paul Redmond (@john_leeds25) August 30, 2018
Although the expectancy to deliver was fairly high for Brown, the fact that he had arrived in the middle of his rehabilitation from a cruciate ligament rupture meant that he would have to wait to make an impact. After missing the first 17 games of the season, the Chelsea loanee suffered yet another setback which would rule him out until February.
In his absence, Leeds had established themselves as legitimate contenders for a top-two finish with the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford all delivering impressive individual performances. As a result of their success, Brown faced an uphill battle to establish himself as a key part of Bielsa’s plans yet did finally make his debut for his new club in a 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers.
Since his brief cameo at Loftus Road however, he has failed to make another appearance for the Whites and has instead been consigned to playing for the U23’s in recent weeks. What had promised to be a beneficial move for his career in the summer has unfortunately been somewhat of a nightmare for Brown.
Nevertheless, the former Huddersfield loanee still has the opportunity to end his spell on good terms as with Leeds seemingly heading towards a play-off berth in the second tier, he could be called upon by his Argentine manager over the coming weeks.
If he is brought back into the first team, it is overwhelmingly clear that Brown must take his opportunity as failing to do so could see him become the latest victim of Chelsea’s loan cycle, which has ruined the development of several players over the past few years.
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