MOT View: Since Leeds 2019 exit, centre-forward has shone despite unexpected FA Cup exit
Leeds United fans were slightly shocked last summer when the club decided to cash in on young striker Sam Dalby and sell him to Watford.
Although the actual fee was never reported, fans weren’t best pleased to wave goodbye to what was considered one of the club’s hottest young prospects.
Dalby never made a first-team appearance for Leeds in a competitive match but was included in the squad that controversially travelled to Myanmar in May 2018 and was played by Marcelo Bielsa in a pre-season friendly against York, in which he scored.
It meant that Dalby’s reputation among Leeds fans was growing rapidly and the fact he was handed a shirt number by Bielsa meant that he was in the Argentine’s plans.
Unfortunately, the former Leyton Orient striker never featured in the Championship or made a matchday squad for United and a loan spell to Morcecombe in the second half of last season yielded just two appearances off the bench that amounted to only five minutes.
Leeds then opted to sell Dalby in the summer and despite his struggles in League Two, fans weren’t best pleased.
But since joining Watford, fans have probably been proven right to have questioned the decision to offload the 20-year-old as he’s definitely shone brightly for Watford.
In one of his first Under-23s appearances for the Hornets, he bagged a hat-trick against RB Leipzig and has made the Premier League club’s matchday squad on three occasions this season.
He even made his senior debut for Watford when he came off the bench against Tranmere in the FA Cup Third Round replay, however that match might not be one that the striker wants to remember as the top-flight club suffered a shock loss at the hands of the League One side.
Still, Dalby is developing well at Vicarage Road and he might make Leeds regret their decision to sell him in the coming years as he continues his footballing education.
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