After Leeds’ Under 23s made it into the final of the Professional Development League fans of the Yorkshire club have been getting excited about several young prospects. Perhaps the most promising of the bunch is the 19-year-old who scored the winner on Monday, Kun Temenuzhkov.
Standing at just 5 ft 4 the striker doesn’t have a huge physical presence, meaning that the technical side of his game has to be top notch – and it most certainly is.
Nabbed from Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy aged just 17 the Bulgarian has shown signs of possessing the pedigree required to one day turn out for La Blaugrana.
The striker netted 30 goals in 30 games for one of Barcelona’s youth sides before making the switch to Yorkshire where he has continued his development.
Temenuzhkov has already made his Leeds debut, playing 11 minutes against QPR in an FA Cup tie earlier this season.
As well as being an astute finisher the diminutive forward also has excellent feet and a knack for scoring from range, as shown by his incredible goal on Monday evening.
The Bulgarian’s wonder-strike showed exactly what he is capable of in the future. He picked up the ball on the edge of the box, dropped a shoulder to leave two defenders in the dirt before smashing the ball into the top corner.
The striker had previously been likened to Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez, and you can’t argue that his thunderbolt against Coventry wasn’t Suarez-esque.
The Guardian placed him alongside the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Vinicius Junior in their 2017 list of the 60 best young players in the world. If the Bulgarian comes anywhere close to fulfilling his touted potential then Elland Road may be set to see the most talented player to come through Leeds’ ranks in years.