By Craig Scott

29th Apr, 2020 | 10:18am

MOT View: Attacker once dubbed one of best young players in world unlikely to make it at Leeds

Kun Temenuzhkov has been one of the most exciting young players that Victor Orta has brought to Leeds United in his time as director of football.

Leeds signed Temenuzhkov, 20, off the back of a spell in the Barcelona academy and had been offered the chance to represent the Spain international team at youth level.

Temenuzhkov was born in Bulgaria but qualified to play for Spain however he chose to represent Bulgaria and has since played for every age level between Under-16 and Under-21.

Not many of Leeds’ youth players can brag about a CV like that but what really got supporters excited about the young attacker was a story by the Guardian in 2017 which labelled him as “of the best young talents in world football” alongside the likes of Vinicius Junior, Alphonso Davies, Jadon Sancho and Leeds-born Erling Haaland.

Leeds fans were no doubt delighted to see that someone Orta had snapped up might actually come good in the future and the comparison to Luis Suarez helped.

According to the Guardian, “the pint-sized prospect has shown the same predator’s instinct in the penalty area as” Barcelona’s Suarez.

High praise, indeed.

But what has happened to Temenuzhkov since he joined Leeds and was named as one of the top young players in the world?

The answer is a simple one – not much.

The Bulgaria Under-21 international has at least earned a first-team debut for Leeds when Bielsa played him for the closing stages of the FA Cup defeat to QPR last season.

Other than that, his input at Elland Road has mainly been in the Under-23s but his important in Carlos Corberan’s side severely diminished in the first half of this season.

In January, Leeds took the decision to send Temenuzhkov out on loan and on deadline day, it was confirmed that he had joined third-tier Spanish club La Nucia.

Since joining La Nucia, Temenuzhkov has endured a frustrating time.

He made his debut off the bench against Valencia B in February but has only made one more appearance – as a substitute – since then.

The Bulgarian youngster has been an unused substitute and has missed out on as many matches as he has played in.

Temenuzhkov’s hype might have gotten the best of some Leeds fans and admittedly, this author. We thought he really was going to be a star of the future and Bielsa’s decision to play him last year against QPR showed that he might have thought the same.

Unfortunately, it just hasn’t worked out for the striker at both Leeds and in Spain’s third-tier, which suggests it might never work out for him in Yorkshire.

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