With the January transfer window on the horizon, it seems as though Leeds United are in the mix to sign another young prospect that could well become a future star at the Yorkshire club.
According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, Leeds are one of the clubs keeping an eye on Arsenal U18 striker Khayon Edwards amid concerns over his future at the north London club.
The report also claims that fellow Premier League clubs Chelsea, Southampton, Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion are interested in Edwards as well as a number of clubs in Germany, showing how much of an exciting prospect he is to have so many clubs circling him.
As a product of Arsenal’s youth academy, Edwards has scored 16 goals and provided eight assists in 35 appearances for their U18 side, as well as making two appearances for the north London club’s U23s, which just goes to show how much the club rates him by giving him the chance to show what he can do with the U23s.
So far this season, Edwards has managed to score nine goals and provide five assists in 12 outings across the U18 Premier League and EFL Trophy, not only highlighting his attacking talents but why the north London club would presumably be reluctant to let him leave, especially to another Premier League club. In total for the U18s, he’s racked up as many as 16 strikes in his career to date.
With that in mind, it’s clear to see why young Spurs forward, Dane Scarlett, called him “sharp.”
This swoop could see Victor Orta replicate the same sort of transfer masterclass that he delivered by signing young striker Joe Gelhardt from Wigan Athletic back in August last year.
Also incredibly young, he has gone from strength to strength since arriving at Elland Road, scoring 18 times in 27 games for Leeds’ U23 side and netting his first senior goal for Bielsa’s side in their recent 3-2 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Moving forward, if Leeds do manage to sign Edwards, they will undoubtedly be hoping that he can be their next version of Gelhardt by starting off in the academy and then progressing to the senior side if he impresses.