Leeds United plotting swoop for highly-rated Birmingham City youngster

Date published: Wednesday 19th February 2020 12:56

Leeds United are one of several clubs monitoring the situation of Birmingham City academy forward Adan George – but may face stern competition for the talented forward’s signature.

George, who has been in the academy set-up since 2015, has already attracted interest from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur with some impressive displays this campaign.

The 16-year-old academy graduate has caught the eye with his performances in this season’s FA Youth Cup campaign, scoring a hat-trick in the fourth round against Sunderland in December 2019.

Six goals in seven appearances for the under-18s and four goals from nine outings for Steve Spooner’s under-23s provides good reading for Leeds director of football Victor Orta and the Birmingham City faithful – with the club hopeful of rewarding the prolific forward with a new long-term deal.

Speaking via Birmingham Live, Spooner said: “He looks a real threat.

“He has a physique of a middleweight boxer and you get him running in the channels against you, when he uses his strength as well as his pace, then he causes a problem.

“There are still areas of his game that he needs to tidy up on, particularly with his back to goal. But he’s a real threat.”

The Blues also have a task on their hands with another academy graduate – 16-year-old Jude Bellinghamtipped as a ‘young Steven Gerrard’– being linked with a £60million move to Manchester United and Chelsea after an impressive breakthrough season.

 

 

The January arrival of Scott Hogan has provided some extra firepower for Pep Clotet’s side, but with only two senior forwards in the ranks, the likes of George and Jayden Reid could be given the chance to prove themselves on centre stage.

George could be expected to feature in the under-23’s test against Derby County this Friday, whilst the senior team host a struggling Sheffield Wednesday side in desperate need of three points.

 

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