If Scouts Attending on Twitter are to be believed, and there’s no reason they’re not, then Leeds United were present on Sunday via a scout to watch Guingamp lose 5-2 to Nice, with Alassane Pléa scoring four goals for the visitors.
While the striker might be a bit out of the Championship club’s range, there were other players on display who certainly fit the profiles the club are looking for.
The obvious one here would have been Yannis Salibur, with whom Leeds have been linked in the past, but the 27-year-old was out injured with a shoulder injury, meaning he probably wasn’t the reason for their visit.
The alternative for the role will have been Marcus Coco, a 21-year-old France U21 left-winger, who can also play down the right-hand side.
However, considering Leeds are currently on the market for a player in pretty much every position on the pitch, the scout might have kept an eye on a handful of young footballers fielded by Antoine Kombouaré.
Their 20-year-old striker Marcus Thuram, Lilian’s son, represents a decent and younger alternative to Jerry Mbakogu, whose underlying knee problems could be a cause for concern for a few at Elland Road, while Felix Eboa Eboa, a 20-year-old centre-back, has slowly but surely pushed his way into Guingamp’s starting line up over the past seven games.
Then again, the Leeds scout could also have just been watching a game without a specific target in mind, as they are quite often known to do, in the hope that someone caught his eye.