Leeds looking to beat rivals to the punch with familiar strategy for Championship coup

George Hall, Birmingham, January 2022.

Leeds United are in the picture for Birmingham youth star George Hall, with the potential coup replicating a few Whites transfers of late.

The Whites have made a habit of signing promising youth players in recent years. Indeed, the snare of Joe Gelhardt, in particular, is a great example of that.

The forward was signed having not played a full season of senior football for Wigan. However, he was blooded in Leeds’ academy team, and has now made the step up to first-team football.

There have been a number of signings to Leeds’ academy side in recent years. Indeed, the side has fed the first team this season, with injury troubles having been a big issue.

Given the reliance on the academy this season, it is clear that Leeds want to continue to improve it. Indeed, the Whites are reportedly in the picture for Birmingham City’s George Hall, per The Sun, via The Boot Room.

Leeds were one of a few sides with reported interest in the youth star before the January window. They were joined by Newcastle United, Southampton and Brighton.

The versatile star, able to play across the midfield or up top, is clearly a promising talent. Hall has scored three goals in Premier League 2 this season.

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Furthermore, he has been blooded in the first team already.

Hall started, and played 85 minutes against Queens Park Rangers in the Championship in January.

Leeds head the queue for Hall

Jesse Marsch, Leeds v Southampton April 2022

The report claims that Leeds are now at the head of the queue in pursuit of Hall, edging ahead of the other interested parties.

Indeed, they are clearly very keen, having apparently watched Hall over the recent international break.

Given the 17-year-old has signed a professional contract with the Blues, prising him away could be tough.

However, Leeds’ academy is clearly thriving, and they have managed to develop some quality players in recent times, with many making the first team this term. As such, a move to Elland Road may be an attractive prospect for the youngster.

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