Leeds scout Barcelona talents in European clash

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Leeds United sent scouts to watch Barcelona’s U19 side in action against PSV Eindhoven this week, according to Scouts In Attendance.

What’s the word?

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side have been flying at the start of the season, sitting pretty at the top of the Championship after stretching their unbeaten run this term to eight league matches following the midweek win over Preston.

Despite that success, the Peacocks still seem to have one eye cast on the transfer market in the hunt for potential new additions as Scouts In Attendance have revealed that representatives from Leeds watched Barcelona’s U19 side in action against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.

The Spanish giants won 2-1 in the UEFA Youth League clash and also had representatives in attendance for Girona’s 3-2 La Liga victory over Celta Vigo on Monday evening, while also taking in Valencia’s U19 clash with Juventus.

What does this mean?

While Victor Orta has previously been criticised for his preference to sign U23 players, Leeds’ director of football has calmed down in the most recent transfer windows but still has his ear to the ground in the hunt of exciting additions.

There is not too much for Leeds fans to take away from the report though as it is fairly usual for a club of their stature to have figures across Europe keeping tabs on young talents, particularly in matches involving established clubs.

PSV, Barcelona, Valencia and Juventus all have very good academy facilities, so the chances of finding a gem from their ranks are high. However, actually signing them is a different challenge entirely.