Towards the beginning of 2018, young Erion Sadiku was invited over to Leeds United for a chance to impress the talent recruiters at the Championship club.
Leeds have increased their scouting in recent years under Victor Orta, and the striker, then 15 years of age, was one of an increasing number of young footballers being given a chance by the club.
At the time, Varbergs’ official Kujtim Bala wished the youngster well for his Leeds United trip: “It’s extremely useful for a younger talent to visit another environment. We want to educate brave players, and I think you can develop courage by being thrown into uncomfortable environments and learning how to handle it.
“As the sporting director, I hope that Erie’s journey is a starting point for all our youth’s dreams. Good luck to Erion.”
Since then things went quiet, with Sadiku making the trip before returning to Sweden and continuing his development with Varbergs. He’s since made his debut and has already helped out with a goal.
That’s brought questions of Leeds back up again, but Sadiku has made it clear there was nothing formal agreed, quoted by Hallands Nyheter as saying: “There was nothing. But it was just fun to be there.”
Clearly a possibility for Leeds United’s future recruitment, Orta and co will be keeping a close eye on the 16 year old’s quick development.