The academy debate is raging on today, Ian Harte has accused the club of losing its identity because the squad had to many foreign players in it. Leeds actually had nine British and Irish players in the squad and the fan base is split on whether Harte has a point. I spoke to a Forest Green Rovers fan about the latest player, Jordan Stevens who joined on deadline day.
1. What sort of player are we getting in Stevens?
1.”Stevens is a strong attacking midfielder with a great first touch with an eye for goal, an exciting young prospect that could force his way into a Leeds team that are blowing hot and cold in the championship.”
2. How much do you think he is worth? It was described as a “six figure fee”
2. “I would say he’s currently worth £250K, would be interested to know the true fee!”
3. If you could compare him to any other player in terms of style, who and why?
3. “Funnily enough I’d compare him to Kemar Roofe who coincidently plays for Leeds! Watched him play in his Oxford days. He scored a belter of a winning goal to knock us out of the FA Cup. Very similar player, head up, find the key pass, if not shoot! But let’s not forget he’s a young lad and comparisons are unfair.”
4. How long do you think it will take him to break into the first team at Leeds?
4. “I think Jordan will break into the first team towards the end of this season if Leeds have nothing to play for. I hope sooner!”
5. Last question. What are his strengths and weaknesses?
5. “His strengths are his hold up play, his passing range, first touch and vision. His weaknesses are tracking back and marking at set pieces but that will develop as he matures.”
A big thank you to Ryan Griffin for taking the time to answer the questions on a player who was linked with Premier League clubs in recent times.