Hadi Sacko was a mystery face on a pre-season tour photo in Ireland. There at the back was a smiley face and a snazzy haircut.
Questions were asked as to who it was, answers coming back just as quick. Sacko was on a season-long loan deal from Portuguese side Sporting, and he had a whacking great £51.6m release clause.
What Leeds United fans saw was a very raw player, one they hoped could have the rough edges smoothed out of him with coaching. What he did have was pace to burn, which was tempered somewhat with an awkward touch.
However, fans took to him and he to the fans. Despite not really being up-to-scratch, the terrace never really turned on him like they do with some.
When Marcelo Bielsa arrived, it was quickly decided that he was not to be one of those featuring this season, and he was allowed out on loan to Spanish side. The LaLiga2 side had been Leeds United’s final pre-season opponents of last summer.
Sacko started out well at Las Palmas, featuring in three of their opening four games, coming on as a substitute. To press, he’s made five appearances totalling just 97 minutes.
According to Las Palmas.Net, this is something that has drawn comment from Leeds United themselves. Las Palmas have Sacko marked down as a possible ‘casualty’ in the winter market – hinting at a possible parting between player and club.
A slight concern over a knee injury and no game time since facing Real Mallorca on October 27, Leeds United have had cause “to raise the situation.” Las Palmas.Net carry the words of Leeds United Sporting Director Victor Orta, words that convey Leeds’ thoughts and next step.
Orta says of the situation: “If we find a team that has more minutes, we want it and [Sacko will] leave the island.” Essentially, if Las Palmas cannot guarantee Leeds United that Hadi Sacko is going to get game time, the Whites will find a team elsewhere that can give him just that.
The article does raise a glimmer of hope that Malian Sacko could have a future at the island club. They end their piece by stating that “Danny Blum’s injury can open a new door.“