Leeds’ pursuit of emerging Scottish talent could be inspired

As reported by The Sun, Leeds United transfer target Harry Cochrane is set to be offered a contract by current club Hearts in an effort to keep him at Tynecastle long-term.

What’s the story?

Cochrane has emerged as an exciting talent in the Scottish Premiership this season despite being just 16 years old, with manager Craig Levein showing significant faith in his first team abilities.

The Sun report that his form has been enough to interest Leeds United and Brighton in his services, but it seems his current club are intent on keeping him.

The paper say that the Tynecastle side are set to offer him a new deal to battle against the transfer interest, even though his current contract doesn’t expire until 2020.

Is he a player that Leeds should be more pro-active in signing?

Worth the fuss?

The midfielder’s stand-out performance this season came against Celtic in Edinburgh last December when he scored the opening goal in a 4-0 rout of the Scottish champions, who were on a 69-game unbeaten streak heading into the match.

He dominated the middle of the park that day against much more accomplished talent like Scott Brown, kick-starting the hype about his potential.

It’s rare to find 16-year-olds with first-team experience, especially under a veteran manager like Craig Levein.

It demonstrates how exciting the player is and Leeds should capitalise on the fact he’s yet to sign his first truly lucrative professional contract to try and tempt him to Elland Road and a much bigger club.

It’s a transfer that could potentially pay off big in the future if he continues to progress at the same rate.