Leeds United have made an incredibly bright opening to the season with three victories to report from three fixtures under Marcelo Bielsa, including a 2-1 victory in the Carabao Cup against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.
Not only was Leeds’ victory over Bolton pleasing on a collective level, but also on an individual level for Patrick Bamford who managed to score his first goal for the club since completing his summer transfer from Middlesbrough.
It’s never easy for centre-forwards to hit the ground running within a new environment as the pressure can build very quickly during a dry spell, so he will be absolutely delighted to get off the mark on what was his first start for the club.
Despite the fact that Bamford has arrived at Elland Road and the transfer window is closed for business – for permanent deals at least – Leeds should continue to scout the market this season for talents who could add genuine quality to their squad in the future, and one player who should be firmly on their radar is Man United’s James Wilson.
The 22-year-old striker has struggled to break through into the first-team at United due to the intenese competition for first-team places, but there is one man who believes he will eventually blossom into an electric Premier League striker.
According to the Daily Record, Man United youth coach Clayton Blackmore has claimed Wilson is “better than Vardy”. The recent quote will be music to the ears of Aberdeen fans who have just welcomed Wilson to the club on a year-long loan deal, but the quote should also be noted by scouts at Leeds United who would be wise to thoroughly assess his credentials to thrive in English football throughout the season.
A successful season in the SPFL in which the comments of Blackmore are somewhat justified would give Leeds ample reason to take a chance on the youngster regardless of whether they are playing Championship or Premier League football next season.
Wilson has not quite demonstrated that he can emulate the level of Vardy during his career so far, but the time it took for the Leicester star to develop into a top player suggests that Aberdeen’s recent acquisition could yet follow a similar path, so Leeds should keep a close eye on his progress this season and submit an offer for his services if he thrives during his spell north of the border.
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