By Mark Smith

8th Aug, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United lose Paul Midgley to Manchester City, Lyndon Tomlinson now appointed - Phil Hay

Manchester City have snatched Paul Midgley this summer, who was head of national academy recruitment for Leeds United before his move, according to Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist has reported that the Whites have moved quickly to replace him, advertising for an experienced replacement as far back as May.

It is shared that the role has now been filled by Lyndon Tomlinson who is a former City employee, as well as working for Manchester United last season.

Writing in the latest David Ornstein column for The Athletic, Hay shared the news coming from Thorp Arch that has seemingly gone under-the-radar.

“Kalvin Phillips and Darko Gyabi were not the only people to move between Manchester City and Leeds United this summer,” he wrote.

“Before paying £42million to take Phillips from Leeds, with Gyabi moving the other way for £5m, City secured the appointment of Paul Midgley, the highly rated scout who was Leeds’ head of national academy recruitment before leaving the club at the end of last season.

“Leeds advertised the role made vacant by Midgley in May and are understood to have appointed experienced scout Lyndon Tomlinson as his replacement.

“Tomlinson is himself a former City employee who worked in academy recruitment for Manchester United last season.”


Leeds’ success at academy level in recent years is down to more financial investment from Andrea Radrizzani, but it is using that adding wealth responsibly.

Midgley will have played a huge part in that, identifying and bringing the best young talent from not only in the United Kingdom but around Europe to Thorp Arch.

Tomlinson clearly has big shoes to fill and will be expected by Victor Orta to get up to speed quickly.

Looking at his CV though, that should be no problem with both Manchester clubs having great academies that have both tasted success in recent years.

Bringing that to Leeds and helping to keep up the good work already put in place will be critical, and the appointment hopefully leads to more success.

Tomlinson may have been able to help with the signing of Darko Gyabi too, with his inside knowledge possibly used to pick out a bright talent from City to help sooth the loss of Kalvin Phillips.

Eyes will be watching this one.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle