Transfer Focus: The loss of Carlos Corberan could have serious knock-on effects at Leeds

According to a recent report from the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds first-team coach and U23 manager Carlos Corberan has been offered a managerial role at Cultural Leonesa, a team in the Spanish third division.

The club are controlled by Qatar’s Aspire Academy, the development centre which the Yorkshire club established a partnership with in 2018.

What’s the story?

The Spanish club finished fifth in their division last season, but they are on the hunt for a new manager after Jose Manuel Aira left.

The hierarchy at Estadio Reino de León have seemingly caught wind of the excellent job that Corberan has been doing with the U23s at Leeds, and are ready to offer him his first full-time managerial position.

Leeds and the Leon-based outfit have a close connection as Ouasim Bouy and Yosuke Ideguchi have both spent time on loan there, and now the Spaniards are hoping to strike another deal with their English allies.

Knock on effects

Certain Leeds fans have backed Corberan to be the man to succeed Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds United manager, but if this move materialises, that is less likely to happen.

The 36-year-old’s departure from Elland Road could be disastrous as he has aided the development of so many young stars.

Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton have both played parts for the first team after spending time being tutored by Corberan, and there are high hopes for the likes of Ryan Edmondson, Mateusz Bogusz and Aapo Halme next season.

The Spaniard being poached by another club could hamper the development of this upcoming generation of talent, which Leeds fans have high hopes for.

If Leeds lose Corberan in the coming weeks, it could have severe knock-on effects for years to come, hampering the development of these young players and undoing the major groundwork the coach has laid.

To further compound the issue, it would deprive Leeds of a man who possesses strong credentials to eventually succeed Bielsa in the hotseat.