There will be a few interesting situations regarding loans come January 1st. Leeds have a few players out on loan doing very well, and there a few players on loan at Leeds that aren’t playing as much as they and their clubs would want. It’s the same situation for Leeds defender Ouasim Bouy, who hasn’t started a league game yet for Cultural Leonesa.
There are high hopes for the player who arrived after being released by Juventus in the summer, but finding him a club where he will play regular football hasn’t proved so easy. Leeds and Cultural have formed a relationship due to Ivan Bravo, a key part of Leeds United under Andrea Radrizzani and his club in the Spanish second tier was an easy option for the incoming Bouy. However he may as well be at Leeds currently, with no first-team football coming his way, and there are a few reasons for that. Loan players aren’t always popular, look at Matthew Pennington and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, both Premier League players that are bench warmers at best currently. The example of Borthwick-Jackson is strange, because he is the best left-back at the club, and it’s natural for him but he’s third choice, if he was contracted to Leeds it probably wouldn’t be the case.
If we were to recall Bouy in January we could at least look at him and asses his ability rather than let him sit on the bench, which sometimes hasn’t even been the case, at Cultural. The fact he was on the books of one of the biggest clubs on the planet in Juventus would suggest there is ability there but he needs to be back at the club for me, and the rumours today are that this may be the case. He could be settling into the club and the city, playing for the development side and even trying to force his way into the plans if he’s back, but currently there is literally no benefit of his loan move to Spain. The rumours have also surrounded Marcus Antonsson today, but it seems Leeds won’t recall the in-form striker from Blackburn come January.