As Leeds United prepare for the 2020/21 season – in the Premier League or in the league – they will be connected with countless potential new signings.
The vast majority of the names mentioned will be familiar to Leeds fans, but some will be less known.
One of these players is Jadan Raymond, the 16-year-old who argued about joining Leeds from Crystal Palace. According to reports, the young man has told the eagles that he doesn’t want to sign the scholarship contract they offered him and wants to leave.
So who is Raymond? And does it fit the bill for Marcelo Bielsa’s high flight team?
The central midfielder has been with eagles since he was eight years old and has represented two different countries at international youth level.
He participated in the 2018 Victory Shield, an annual tournament for players under 16, for Wales, and played in games against Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and the eventual winners of Northern Ireland. However, he later changed allegiance to England and appeared twice for their under-17s. His teammates at that level include Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott, who played against Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
Raymond’s two appearances for the under-17s arrived in the Syrenka Cup in September 2019. He contributed to the initial goal of a 5-0 victory over Finland, before scoring the decisive penalty in the final against Poland.
He also savored the glory of the youth team with Crystal Palace. In May 2019, the Eagles won their first Super Floodlit National Cup, an under 15 tournament and Raymond was part of their team.
The young man shared a video on social media skills last week, which prompted Leeds fans to ask him to join their club.
Whether it ends up on Elland Road or with Vitoria Guimaraes, even the Portuguese club interested in signing it, Raymond seems destined for great things.
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Despite Leeds being, on average, one of the oldest teams in the league this season, Marcelo Bielsa has given minutes to many young players.
Mateusz Bogusz, Oliver Casey and Jack Clarke are all teenagers who represented the first team this season, and there are also eight twenty-year-olds who also had fun on the field.
This is unlikely to extend to a 16-year-old, but there seem to be ample reasons why Leeds supporters will be excited about the future if they can protect Raymond.