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Leeds: Whites set to sign award-winning Mateo Joseph Fernandez

Leeds: Whites set to sign award-winning Mateo Joseph Fernandez -Leeds United

Leeds look set to sign Espanyol striker Mateo Joseph Fernandez in January, according to Radio Futbol journalist Diego Balbontin, relayed by LUFC Youth Academy.

The Lowdown: Fernandez profiled

Fernandez is just 18 years of age and is out of contract with the La Liga side in the summer.

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The forward is yet to make a senior appearance for Espanyol and has plied his trade with the club’s Under 19-side so there is very little information available about his performances this season.

However, he actually has the same agent as Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw, and it appears as if he could be the next young attacking talent through the door at Thorp Arch, with the likes of Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt making their Premier League debuts this season.

The Latest: Honor Division Ballon d’Or

LUFC Youth Academy posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, with Fernandez winning the Honor Division’s Ballon d’Or for the 2020/21 season (the top level in Spain for players 18 years of age or younger).

They then added that Fernandez is ‘set’ to move to Elland Road in January, with Balbontin himself re-tweeting the post.

The Verdict: First of many?

Fernandez may well be the club’s first January signing with a deal seemingly already in place – although not confirmed – and he may well be just the first of multiple additions in early 2022.

The Whites want to make two midfield additions in January, with Kalvin Phillips sidelined with a hamstring issue. Victor Orta is reportedly after both a number six and a number eight, but that hasn’t stopped him from looking at bolstering the club’s youth ranks.

You’d expect Fernandez would go straight into Mark Jackson’s Under-23 side, and should he catch Marcelo Bielsa’s eye, could even make a senior matchday squad in quick time, given his status as one of the most promising players in Spain’s top youth league.

In other news: Phil Hay drops 4-word claim on Ronaldo Vieira return with Leeds reportedly edging closer to move. 


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