MOT View: Young forward built like 'middleweight boxer' linked to Leeds should excite fans
Leeds United director of football Victor Orta is always on the look-out for young talent who he can bring in at Elland Road.
Since his arrival in West Yorkshire, the Under-23s side has been transformed from being a bunch of young English players from the surrounding areas to a much more diverse group of players from across Europe.
Although Orta has enjoyed picking up young talents from the continent with the hope of them turning either a profit for Leeds or developing into top players, he has still scoped out starlets from England too.
Birmingham City forward Adan George is someone who has recently been reported to have emerged on Leeds’ radar and, so far, the signs all suggest that he could be a very good addition for the Yorkshire giants.
Football Insider reported earlier this month that Leeds had sent scouts to keep close tabs on George, 17, as he played for Birmingham’s Under-18s.
It is understood that the teenager’s contract at St Andrew’s expires at the end of the season, which means that he could be snapped up for a very minimal compensation fee.
George has been a regular for Blues’ Under-18s but is set to play a lot more for their Under-23s for the rest of the season.
Birmingham are known for developing some top young talents in recent years with Nathan Redmond, Demarai Gray, Jack Butland, Joe Lolley and Jude Bellingham all breaking through at St Andrew’s.
And based on comments by George’s coaches, he seems as though he could be someone who is set to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors.
“He looks a real threat,” said Birmingham Under-23s coach Steve Spooner, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“There are still areas of the game he needs to tidy up on, particularly with his back to the goal. But he is a real threat.
“He has a physique like a middleweight boxer and you get him running in the channels against you, when he uses his strength as well as his pace, then he causes a problem.”
Birmingham Under-18s’ manager Paul Robinson has also been impressed with what he has seen from George, saying this about him after he scored that hat-trick against Sunderland earlier this season: “With the pace of Adan George you know you have got that threat behind or the intelligent play when he comes in the pocket and defenders don’t know what to do. He drives at them his pace and power caused them a lot of problems tonight.
“Strikers love scoring goals, Adan has scored another hat-trick and I am delighted for him.”
George is earning rave reviews from his coaches and is now starting to attract a lot of attention from other clubs as his contract at Birmingham winds down.
Sun journalist Alan Nixon reported before the last summer transfer window that Tottenham were keen on George.
The Birmingham Mail reports that he is currently “jockeying for opportunities” in the Blues first-team as Pep Clotet only has two proper options to choose from in the Championship, so there is still the possibility George will sign a new contract in the West Midlands.
However there’s no denying that Leeds United fans should be excited by this young forward’s potential arrival at Thorp Arch in the summer.
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