It may be some years since Leeds United fans saw Harry Kewell light up Elland Road in his pomp, but the club could very well go a long way to recreating the feeling of watching the Australian by landing England U21 international Noni Madueke.
Reports in recent days have revealed that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are one of a number of clubs across Europe who have already put feelers out about potentially signing the PSV starlet.
When Kewell burst onto the scene at Leeds, the fleet-footed winger was a real breath of fresh air, displaying a real sense of fearlessness.
FootballWhispers noted: “The Australian youngster immediately stood out in Leeds’ youth ranks, exuding a confident swagger that would go on to define his on-field demeanour. With his pace, flair and guile, the young winger looked a natural fit in the immaculate white of the three-time English champions.”
And in the 19-year-old Madueke, there are a lot of remarkable similarities.
Former PSV midfielder Tommie van de Leegte said: “He’s fast and has the capability to trick his opponent. He brings creativity and is very explosive in his actions. That’s what PSV needs.
And, PSV boss Roger Schmidt raved about the young winger after a particularly impressive display against SC Verle, in which he scored a superb hat-trick.
He said: “I’m not surprised. He already scored a lot of goals in training. He feels comfortable up front and doesn’t have to be a winger. Noni’s timing is often very good and he has a good feeling for free space. I’m also very happy with his mentality. He is a good fighter and is capable of reading the situation.”
Meanwhile, England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd has tipped the £12.6m-rated Madueke to enjoy a bright future, and much like Kewell, pointed to his vibrant personality.
He said: “He’s certainly a very talented young man, really excited to be called up by the Under 21s, and a little bit like Phil (Foden) last time, nobody had really heard of him until he came and played in the tournament.
“They knew a little bit about him but that set him off on a trajectory and we’re hoping Noni can create even more positive attention for the way that they play. He’s got a lovely infectious character that comes out even over the phone.”
With that same penchant for producing the spectacular, Madueke could well light up Elland Road just like Kewell did all those years ago.