Reports today are suggesting that Leeds are looking at young Belgian left-back Alexis Scholl. Joe Rawson tweeted the news today. According to reports originating from Sport Witness, who quote Portuguese publication A Bola Leeds are looking to sign the player with want away Charlie Taylor still at the club after his transfer request was rejected.
The player in question is young Belgian Alexis Scholl, a 20-year-old who signed for the Portuguese giants on a free transfer from Belgian side Anderlecht’s reserve set-up. The youngster didn’t make the breakthrough to the Benfica first team set-up, instead making three appearances for the B side in the Ledman Liga Pro where he racked up just 68 minutes of game time from three substitute appearances.
Scholl is a current Belgium Under-19 international with four caps, having represented his country 27 times at age levels Under-15 to Under-18. Whilst game time has been limited at Benfica to just the three appearances and 68 minutes on the field, the youngster does have pedigree with five UEFA Youth League appearances for Anderlecht Under-19s totalling 405 minutes including two full games against Arsenal’s Under-19s. In the away game, Scholl provided an assist in a 2-1 Anderlecht victory.
The A Bola article (clip above) mentions that Scholl, who hasn’t broken through into the Benfica reckoning, is on for a move away from Portugal. It goes on to say (lines 3-4) that: “the next destination of the player should be Leeds United, [a]historic English club.”
It remains to be seen what direction this rumour will take, indeed if it will firm up into any form of definite interest. Should it indeed have any ‘legs’ about it, then the bringing in of youngster Alexis Scholl to the Leeds United set-up would surely be in some form of back-up capacity. This still begs the question – what about a proper contingency if/when Charlie Taylor leave Elland Road?