By Liam Thomas

8th Nov, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds United scouts not happy after Romania scouting trip ends in transfer disappointment

Leeds United scouts have been left unimpressed with what they saw on a Romanian scouting trip in search of hidden gems, according to

FSCB against Rapid was the game in question with several Premier League clubs including Leeds United sending scouts to watch the uneventful fixture.

Former Romania international Adrian Ilie confessed that club representatives told him the game was very slow and very weak, leaving them far from happy.

“Last night there were a lot of club staff at this derby. From Leeds, from several clubs,” said Ilie speaking to

“Guests I know, I didn’t make it to the match. They didn’t follow anyone, they came to see the level. Very slow pace, that’s what the club representatives tell us. Very slow, very weak”.

No Bueno.

The Liga I certainly isn’t renowned for the birth of top footballing talents so it’s no surprise Leeds United came up short in their search for the next Gheorghe Hagi.

Although scouting missions to the outskirts of Europe are always useful, you never know what kind of footballer you could find.

Take a look at the rise of Napoli’s red-hot winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia who was playing in the Georgian league after Rubin Kazan decided to terminate his contract.

It’s a rare circumstance but it’s proved yet again that fine footballing talents can go largely unnoticed early on in their careers.

Maybe Leeds United were looking for their long-sought-after left-back? A Romanian maestro to fill the boots Junior Firpo has never filled.

Leeds’ scouts may have even been checking to see if there is a lethal number nine in Liga I, one who could finally fill that gaping hole in Jesse Marsch’s side.

Whatever the case may be, unfortunately, it looks like their efforts came up short.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to jet out to Spain with a major decision being made behind the scenes at Elland Road.