Leeds have announced the signing of 18-year-old striker Leyton Orient Tom Dalby on a two-and-a-half-year-deal. The youngster joins the club for an undisclosed fee and comes with a bubbling reputation from the recently relegated side. Dalby isn’t the striker Leeds fans are craving for, but there is still time.
Dalby will link up with Carlos Corberan and the under 23’s for the rest of the season, something we have become accustomed to hearing since the new regime started. I am of the opinion that the recruitment for the development squad and younger ages is very goof for the club but it shouldn’t come at the expense of the first-team, and we need to be making a signing or two in the next week or so to have any chance of competing at then right end of the table this season. We are losing track of the play-off pack and more importantly have a rough month ahead, playing teams that are all above us.
You only need to read the threads regarding this deal to see how highly rated he is by the fans at Orient and how much they want him to succeed. They are keen on keeping an eye on his progression and believe he will make the grade, certainly at Leeds United in the coming years. It’s always nice for fans to thank a player rather than just slate him for the sake of it due to him leaving and Dalby falls under that bracket, messages from the fans thanking him and wishing him well. I have been in touch with an Orient fan, so there will be a #PAS fan view later. Dalby could make his debut on Friday night against Barnsley, the under 23’s beat Huddersfield 1-0 last night, Jay-Roy Grot bagging the only goal.