The whole situation and intrigue surrounding The Aspire Academy has come up today with Leeds officially announcing a partnership with the programme. Ivan Bravo is a key member of the Leeds United board and this is promising an exciting for the future. Where am I going with this? Ivan Bravo owns Cultural Leonesa, Leeds’ partner club and Ouasim Bouy, a signing from Juventus has returned from there to finally join Leeds.
Bouy joined Leeds after leaving Juventus in the summer and was loaned straight out to Spanish second division side Cultural Leonesa. The idea was simple, but it hasn’t worked. He was to go and get some first-team experience at the club before returning to Leeds fit and ready to challenge for the first-team. I’m unsure if he has even started one game, and if he has that was probably it for the player. It’s all well and good loaning a player out to clubs but they have to play, we have a situation with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson where Manchester United will probably pull him back. It seems like a waste of six months when he could be at the club being assessed in Leeds but nobody knows how the Cultural manager thinks, and if he even wanted Bouy at the club in the first place.
The player certainly has pedigree but for some reason he hasn’t really kicked on and progressed in recent years. He has played for Juventus which highlights some clear ability but he was also loaned out in spells, most noticeably to Palermo, again he did play a few games. The issue here is that if he can’t get into the Leeds side, which seems highly unlikely then he isn’t really getting fit or improving here either. Another loan may be on the cards but for me the best way is to loan to the lower leagues in England, three Leeds loanees have all had success this season doing that. What will happen remains to be seen.