Leeds United went through something of a rebuilding phase when Andrea Radrizzani first took over the reins at Elland Road.
One of the first major things that was noticed was that energy and time was being devoted into rebuilding the youth sides. These age-group sides are often the lifeblood of many teams, and many youngsters have come through the ranks at Elland Road.
Indeed, just a cursory look at the first-team this season and it is clear to see that home-grown youth has a place to play in Marcelo Bielsa’s thinking. What was left to go fallow under the Cellino regime has been allowed to flourish under Radrizzani.
One major diversion from thinking of old was bringing in young overseas players from high-profile sides on the continent. One play that applied to was Kun Temenuzhkov from Barcelona.
The young Bulgarian striker arrived at Barcelona after spells at junior clubs Fraga, Lleida and UE Bordeta, originally being brought into the Barcelona Youth set-up at La Masia in 2014. He graduated into the Barcelona Juvenil B squad, the age-group side we’d recognise as Under-17, at the end of July 2016.
The following season, for Barcelona’s Cadete A side, youngster Temenuzhkov netted 31 goals in just 29 games.
The Bulgarian youngster also really kicked on at Leeds United for the Under-23s and Under-18s when he first arrived in 2017, showing his La Masia potential despite being just 17 years of age.
He has continued to put in the hard yards and has been rewarded with a first-team call-up for today’s FA Cup Third Round tie at QPR’s Loftus Road ground.
His call-up has been something that has been commented on by Leeds United fans over on Twitter. Here’s what some of them are saying about the young Bulgarian’s call up to the squad.
Leeds United fans comment on Temenuzhkov call up for FA Cup
I really hope kun gets a debut
— Robin Rodell (@RobinRodell) January 6, 2019
Hope kun gets a decent amount of time on pitch #lufc
— Billy Gardiner (@BillyGardiner7) January 6, 2019
Kun….is quite amazing …..! Love to see him play a part ! #LUFC
— The Boys from Bielsa – 30+ years Leeds (@LaceyJohn19) January 6, 2019
I’m already wayyy too excited about Kun Temenuzhkov. If he scores today I think I’ll need a long sit down. #lufc
— Michael (@Michael_Sells) January 6, 2019
— Paul Hewson LUFC (@MonkeyWauly) January 6, 2019
Kun ready to lead us to FA cup glory, Marcelo knows #lufc
— Samu Black (@SamuelBlack_KOW) January 6, 2019
— Braddy D (@Deasbe) January 6, 2019