There are a variety of young players we are all currently mulling over at Leeds United, one because the first-team have been struggling and two because they have so much potential. One of the players who has been turning heads is ex-Barca youth player Oriol Rey, the youngster has penned a new two-year-deal with the club this evening.
20-year-old Rey joined from the Barcelona academy over the summer and has been one of the key players in Carlos Corberan’s under 23 side. He has been captain on various occasions and with Paudie O’Connor pushing for the first-team the Spanish playmaker could well be named the skipper next season, he will be looking at another goal though. Rey possesses bags of ability on the ball, more than any of the others around him and it’s something we would have expected give where he has come from. He will want to break into that first-team before long because as others have managed he will be looking at this season as a key one for him, an Barca boy only comes to Leeds for one reason, to play games.
I’ve mentioned before about Victor Orta and his shortcomings for the first-team recruitment but what he has done to rebuild the under 23’s in such a short space of time has been brilliant and Rey is a product of that. He may not be in the first-team but he and others arriving has helped the players around them develop, Tom Pearce, Paudie O’Connor for example have all benefitted massively since the arrival of the new players and that shouldn’t be overlooked. Rey was on the tour to Myanmar in last week and that will be where Heckingbottom will have looked and made the call on his future you would assume. He joins Bryce Hosannah in signing a new deal with the club, next up Tom Pearce please.