One such player is Jadan Raymond, the 16-year-old is reportedly in talks to join Leeds from Crystal Palace. According to reports, the boy told the Eagles that he did not want to sign the scholarship contract they had offered him and that he wanted to leave.
So who is Raymond? And does it do the trick for Marcelo Bielsa’s top flight team?
The central midfielder has been with the Eagles since the age of eight and has represented two different countries internationally at the youth level.
He participated in the Victory Shield 2018, an annual tournament for under 16s, for Wales, and played in matches against Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and the Northern Ireland winners. However, he then changed allegiance to England and appeared twice for their under 17s. His teammates at this level include Harvey Elliott of Liverpool, who played Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
Raymond’s two U17 matches took place in the Syrenka Cup in September 2019. He contributed to the first goal of a 5-0 victory over Finland, before scoring the decisive penalty in the final against Poland.
He also tasted the glory of the youth team with Crystal Palace. In May 2019, the Eagles won their first National Super Floodlit Cup, an under-15 tournament, and Raymond was part of their team.
The young man shared a skills video on social media last week, prompting Leeds fans to ask him to join their club.
Whether he ends up at Elland Road or with Vitoria Guimaraes, the Portuguese club also interested in signing it, Raymond seems destined for great things.
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Although Leeds is, on average, one of the oldest teams in the league this season, Marcelo Bielsa has given minutes to many young players.
Mateusz Bogusz, Oliver Casey and Jack Clarke are all teenagers who represented the first team this season, and eight 20-year-olds also appreciated the time on the field.
It’s unlikely to extend to a 16-year-old teenager, but there seem to be many reasons for Leeds fans to be excited about the future if they can get Raymond.