Adrian Balboa arrived at Leeds United as an unknown but from one of the biggest clubs and youth development systems in world football. He has traded in his potential career at Barcelona to come and join the development side at Leeds United and he isn’t the only one. Money is going into all areas of the club and players are arriving on a regular basis from Spain, but why are they making the switch?
Don’t think that is me saying they shouldn’t, it was hard to word. Leeds United is still a big name in European football despite our recent belly flop down a couple of divisions. We still have the history, we still have and unbelievable fan base and we are playing in one of the most watched leagues in the world, a league that is now filled with money, TV, exposure and brimming with talent. However the Championship still has tradition and a chance, a chance to break through into the senior squads, something that is becoming a rare situation in the Premier League. Leeds United are a club on the up, even if it hasn’t felt that way in the last few years. Andrea Radrizzani is now a huge part of Leeds United’s future, and he seems to want to do things the right way.
Victor Orta and Ivan Bravo also seem to have a key role in the future of the club and both are making their presence felt at the club after only a short period of time. Orta has been pulling in talent from abroad, the most high-profile the likes of Samu Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski amongst others. He has also been hard at work bringing in youngsters from abroad for the future first-tea. Adrian Balboa, a striker from Barcelona, Ousama Siddiki from Real Madrid. Alejandro Machuca has arrived from Spain, and most recently Oriol Rey, a 19-year-old centre back from Barcelona. These players are stepping down in terms of where Leeds are in comparison to Barcelona but they are giving themselves a much better chance at breaking into the realm of first-team football.
Football is largely based around money, no doubting that. What these signings from abroad show us that Leeds are competitive in that area now. They may not be paying as much as Barcelona and Real Madrid to these young players but they are getting somewhere near it otherwise they probably wouldn’t come. We are worlds apart from how much they pay their senior players, but it seems not as far when it comes to the prospects. Leeds have also struck a deal with Spanish club Cultural Leonesa through director Ivan Bravo and can now send players to the club, and take them much easier at our leisure in effect. The deal is exciting and will help youngsters get first-team football. Balboa and co. will want to be playing at Elland Road soon and it’s worth keeping an eye on the development squad this season. Not just for the foreign lads, there is some local talent in there too.