Leeds United signed Mateusz Bogusz from third division Polish side Ruch Chorzów in the summer.
Since arriving at Elland Road, the 19-year-old has made only one appearance for the Whites, which came during the EFL Cup clash against Stoke City in August.
The midfielder made his debut for Poland U21s in September and has a goal and three assists in three appearances for them. He was a star for them in their 1-0 win over Serbia earlier this week.
Polish outlet Super Express had an opportunity to chat with former Ruch Chorzów manager Juan Ramón Rocha, who handed the teenager his first team debut.
Rocha played alongside Marcelo Bielsa at Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys in the 70s and the two have stayed in touch since then. The Leeds boss sent his compatriot a message after Bogusz impressed against Russia earlier this month.
Bogusz’s former manager informed Bielsa about his talent.
“Once, with Krzysztof Warzycha, we went to a match of Ruch juniors. I immediately asked who this boy was. They answered it was Bogusz, but that he was very young,” Rocha said.
“Even then I had no doubt and asked to include him in the first team. Then came the offer from Napoli, but only for a trail. I objected and said we either sell him or he stays. Trials are out of the question.
“And since I wish Bogusz and my friend Bielsa very well, I let Marcelo know that there is a talent in Chorzów that is worth paying attention to.
“At first Leeds didn’t seem to have a chance, because Brighton’s offer was much higher, but eventually it worked. I am happy because I know that Bogusz will not die with Marcelo. Bielsa will make him a star.”
Rocha even compared Bogusz to Sevilla midfielder Éver Banega.
“If I were to compare Bogusz to one of the Argentine players in terms of playing style, I would choose Ever Banega from Sevilla… I believe that Bogusz will match him at least,” he added.
“His value will go up all the time. Now you can easily price him at £5m, and this is just the beginning. I’m glad I could help.
“I did it completely selflessly, I am so romantic and I will die so. The most important thing is that everyone after this transfer is satisfied. Bielsa jokes that in return I have to accept the invitation and fly to a Leeds United match.”