Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Malcolm Ebiowei to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a recent report by The Sun, who claim that Leeds have now joined the race to land the Derby County winger this summer, with the 18-year-old set to become available on a free transfer upon the expiry of his contract at Pride Park at the end of the current campaign.
The report goes on to state that the likes of Tottenham Hostpur, Crystal Palace and RB Leipzig are also keeping a very close eye on the situation of the England youth international ahead of a potential swoop this summer.
While it would appear unlikely that, should Victor Orta go on to seal a deal for Ebiowei in the coming months, the youngster would be thrown straight into the Leeds first-team next season, considering the sheer amount of potential the forward possesses, it would never the less appear wise for the Whites sporting director to do everything he can to land the 18-year-old this summer.
Indeed, over his 15 Championship appearances this term, the £140-per-week winger has highly impressed for Wayne Rooney’s side, scoring one goal, registering two assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.3 shots, making 1.1 key passes and completing a whopping 3.2 dribbles – the most of any player in the league – per game.
As a result of these eye-catching performances, Ebiowei has come in for a considerable amount of praise, with Derby’s first-team development coach, Justin Walker, stating of the teenager earlier this season:
“I think he has been a breath of fresh air. You can see how much the fans have warmed to him, he gets people out of their seats. He has got that little bit of X-factor, if you like, that creativity we have lacked at times in the final third.
“The only thing probably missing from his game is a goal, but I am sure that will come. He has got so much talent, and more importantly his attitude and his character.”
Furthermore, following the 18-year-old’s man of the match performance in a 1-1 draw with Coventry City back in March, Rooney also raved about the potential of the youngster, stating:
“He has got an enormous amount of ability. He’s brave; he’s not afraid to take players on, get tackled, and make mistakes. I thought he was excellent all game. He was the best player on the pitch.
“It is one of the best performances I have seen from a young player consistently for 90 minutes in a long time, and he deserves that because he’s worked so hard. His attitude is incredible, and he’s an exciting young player. I know it means a lot to him.”
As such, with Orta boasting an impressive record of cherry-picking some of the most exciting young talents in the English game – such as the signings of Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood – it would very much appear the signing of Ebiowei would fall into the same bracket as the arrivals from Wigan Athletic and Arsenal, as it is evident that the Derby starlet has an incredible future.