Leeds United look set to make a move for young Scottish wonderkid Harry Cochrane.
The 16-year old is said to be high on Leeds' radar as they continue to bring in young stars from all over the globe.
Currently at Hearts, Cochrane has made his name well known having featured in Hearts' last five fixtures playing as a central midfielder.
It's reported by the Scotsman that Leeds are willing to table a bid of over £500,000 to start the bidding. However, with the youngster just putting pen to paper on his first pro deal until 2020, it may take a little more to convince the Scottish Premiership side.
It is thought that this deal is the brain child of both Director of Football Victor Orta and Head Coach Thomas Christiansen, with the pair both taking a keen interest in the player. Orta is also rumoured to have visited Scotland in order to assess the talent himself.
This is not the only young player Leeds have looked to sign early ahead of any potential suitors higher in the pecking order making a move.
The Whites made a number of deals for young talent from Spain including Oriol Rey, Alex Machuca, Oussime Siddiki, Adrian Balboa and Kun Temenuzkhov as they look to grow more in house talent.
If Leeds can confirm the quick purchase of Cochrane, the club could be set for a very young talent that may even challenge current first team prospects Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira.
What's your opinion? Should Leeds be focussing on more experience it is this just a promising deal the club should make? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Billy Sharp on his days at Leeds: “I had three managers in god knows what time and the club was not really as stable as what it is now or doing as well, but I enjoyed it. It is a good city and a very good football club.I had some good times there, especially coming off the bench as a midfielder and scoring against Huddersfield, that sticks out in my mind as well as the goal on my debut as well.
I always said to my dad that I would like to play for Leeds United, I managed to do that and it diverted me back to Sheffield. I was happy; it was a short period, but I enjoyed it and I can say that I played for Leeds United.”
Team News: One change Vurnon Anita replaces the suspended Gaetano Berardi. Stuart Dallas back in the eighteen.
Team: Lonergan, Ayling, Pennington, Cooper(c), Anita, O’Kane, Phillips, Alioski, Phillips, Siaz, Lasogga.
Liam Cooper with Toby Nye.
It's fair to say that Leeds currently can't buy a win. The Whites are now winless in three and have lost six of their last eight games.
Whatever is preventing the team from collecting three points; rather it be form, confidence or tactics something needs to change.
Leeds go into this weekend facing a very talented Brentford side that always seem to cause the club problems away at Griffin Park.
Many fans have called for a formation change along with a personnel swap and here at WALL we've come up with a possible change.
As you can see Leeds have a squad that is more than capable of playing a 3-4-2-1 formation and that team is full of attacking threats along with players who you can (hopefully) trust at the back.
Stuart Dallas has been effectively utilised as a left full back recently but we think he'd be perfect for the wingback position that would still allow him to create opportunities.
The use of a Saiz/Hernandez attacking midfield duo could be key to creating enough space in front of the defence to carve out an abundance of chances, along with the constant threat of their accuracy out of the box.
Then you have a midfield engine room of Phillips and Vieira. The young pair have come on leaps and bounds already from last season and this can continue if they are given the opportunity to play off each other.
Finally you have Kemar Roofe, the player that Leeds should be using as a striker and quit wasting everyone's time. Roofe has shown he's deadly in front of goal and with have Saiz and Hernandez behind him will surely create enough chances for the quick thinking attacker.
What's your opinion? Could this team beat Brentford and change Leeds' fortune? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds are on a poor run, to simply put into words. They're struggling for any sort of form and cannot find any luck.
A win against form team Bristol City looked to be a beginning of hope which was soon squandered by an unimportant loss to Leicester City followed by a drubbing by Sheffield United at home last week.
The clubs latest result saw them take a very positive and energetic performance and watch it blow up in front of their face in the last 20 minutes, squandering a 1-0 lead into a 2-1 loss to Derby.
What we are experiencing now is clubs becoming smart to how players are performing in their specific roles.
The bad news started when an out of form Millwall side unearthed an unbeaten Leeds United at home and ensued a poor streak of form that now takes us to 6 losses out of 8 games.
The club are running out of ideas without trying to utilise different options apart from when they went 4-3-3 against Bristol City and surprisingly won.
It's become evident that teams know if they can strangle the space between Samu Saiz and the goal, the Leeds will still push the ball towards him without thinking of any other play. Then you have Kemar Roofe's sporadic appearances even though when he was used as a striker he had five goals in three games when used effectively.
I'm also unsure why we are experiencing a Leeds United low got Luke Ayling, a man who is brilliant at pushing forward now seems hesitant and loses the ball too easily.
If things are to change, tactics need to change it's that simple. If the club can make a change, even if it's small, this run of form may end.
Leeds are already sliding down the league, if changes aren't made the beautiful start we made won't count for anything and this season will die in March.
By Ryan Ingham
When you initially saw the team sheet every fan will have wondered a little about the formation.
Stuart Dallas as a left back made more eyes raise than the rest of the selection. A familiar defence, Dallas apart. Lonergan, Ayling, Jansson and Pennington. A midfield four of Alioski, Roofe, O’Kane and Vieira, up front Samuel Siaz just behind Lasogga.
Leeds started well and after a wonderful passage of play Ronaldo Vieira won the ball from Huddleston and passed to Samuel Siaz who fed Lasogga, the German finished superbly past Carson.
Not soon after it could and should have been two, Vieira ran through a gap in midfield but even with Siaz and Alioski in space the young midfielder failed to find either of his teammates and the chance was gone.
With the break minutes away Leeds looked to have a clear penalty denied. Alioski was clearly pushed inside the six yard box by Wisdom as he was about to meet Roofe's tempting cross, the referee waved away numerous protest from the Leeds players.
The early minutes after the break continued as the first ended with Leeds on top, it looked only a matter of time before one became two or three.
But if you don’t take advantage of your possession it can bite you in the bum and before time was up, it did.
With less than twenty minutes to go, Forsyth was free down the left and pulled a ball into the middle of the six yard box, three Leeds defenders let Sam Winnall stroll between them to score the equaliser for Derby. Shambolic and other words I can think of made me look at the three defenders with annoyance who had allowed the Derby striker to score.
Worse was to follow, as Leeds fell to another sucker punch inside the last ten minutes, substitute Hadi Sacko challenged Lawrence outside the box but the Derby player stumbled into the area and incredibly the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Winnall doubled his tally, coolly beating Lonergan.
An extra five minutes added to the end of the game failed to bring an equaliser. Derby made it four wins out of four and followed Sheffield United and Reading inflicting a home defeat on Leeds.
I cannot understand why when playing reasonably well, players stop doing the things they were doing well, allowing Derby into the game.
It’s not tactics it’s simply that certain players are switching off and not doing their jobs. This run of defeats is putting Thomas Christainsen in a position he could not have imagined pre-Millwall, the players have got the team into this mess and it’s only them who can alter things on the pitch and it’s time they roll up their well paid sleeves and start doing it, bloody quick!
Man of the Match: Eunan O’Kane, industrious and never stopped trying.
By Keith Ingham