When Leeds United signed Ouasim Bouy on a free transfer in the summer of 2017, expectations for the former Ajax and Juventus midfielder would have been quite high at Elland Road.
Indeed, former Netherlands under-19 coach Wim van Zwam previously stated his belief that Bouy was a “very talented” player who possessed a “golden left foot”, while the midfielder’s agent Mina Raiola described him as “every bit as talented as Pogba” back in 2013.
As such, the Dutchman’s arrival on a four-year deal reported to be worth around €8.6k-per-week (£7.2k weekly) appeared to be an extremely astute addition by a team in the second tier of English football.
However, quite astonishingly, Bouy failed to make a single appearance for the Whites over the course of these four years. He was shipped out on various loan spells after failing to impress both Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom in the Elland Road dugout, before Marcelo Bielsa’s 2018 arrival ended any hopes that the midfielder may have had of pulling on a Leeds shirt.
Indeed, the Argentine completely wrote off the now-28-year-old, leaving him without a squad number and instructing him – along with some of the Whites’ other surplus-to-requirements players – to train away from Thorp Arch.
However, whilst many footballers would attempt to seek a move elsewhere in this scenario, the £225k-rated midfielder refused any attempt that Andrea Radrizzani made to cut short his contract, instead deciding to wait out his deal – which finally expired last summer – in order to continue collecting his weekly wage.
As such, when taking into account that Bouy set Leeds back around £1.5m over his 207-week spell at the club, it is clear for all to see that this was money well and truly wasted by the Whites, as the midfielder very much rinsed Radrizzani for as long as he could possibly manage.