Leeds have today completed the signing of Real Madrid under 19’s striker Ousama Siddiki. The deal is another that has gone under the radar as Leeds continue to recruit for the under 23 development squad. It’s fair to say this is the most high profile signing, Siddiki a regular scorer at youth level for Madrid.
Siddiki is a 19-year-old striker who arrives at Leeds with huge potential and a signing that represents the progress being made in the transfer market not just at senior level. Moroccan born and a player who has played at youth level for his country but a player also eligible to play for Spain. He is known for having “explosive pace and direct play” (http://the72.co.uk/88101/leeds-united-dip-real-madrid-rated-youngster/). The deal comes after the likes of Adrian Balboa also signed, a former Barcelona youth player.
The links to Spain are becoming more and more evident, this the fourth player from Spain to sign for the under 23’s so far since Andrea Radrizzani appointed Victor Orta. The arrival of Ivan Bravo (ex-Real Madrid) on the board should not be underestimated either. The signing of Samu Saiz has also enhanced the Spanish feel, although a couple of the youth players aren’t of Spanish nationality. Leeds also signed Magdar Gomes from Liverpool who has been with the first team since his arrival, another Spaniard who is expected to join the under 23’s when the season starts. Below is a look at the new man Siddiki in action for Real Madrid under 19’s.