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Once a £1.5m Leeds United target, Anthony Limbombe receives Belgium call-up

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Once a £1.5m Leeds United target, Anthony Limbombe receives Belgium call-up

The Belgian has been in fine form since joining Club Brugge.

Belgium have one of the most competitive national teams in the world at present. Therefore, making the squad is something of an impressive accolade.

That is certainly the case for Anthony Limbombe. The winger has received his first call-up for the Red Devils after an impressive campaign with Club Brugge.

It comes in the same month as the 23-year-old signed an extension to his deal with the Belgian side. So it is safe to say the Belgian is enjoying a good time at the moment.

Leeds United fans will certainly view the news with a massive hint of regret.

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Back in 2015 Leeds had earmarked Limbombe as the man to improve their wide areas. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Leeds made a £1.5 million bid to bring the Belgian from NEC Nijmegen that summer.

Unfortunately for Leeds, the bid was rejected and they signed Jordan Botaka instead. The YEP reported that Leeds continued to monitor his progress that season, but Limbombe joined Brugge instead. Leeds brought in Hadi Sacko as an alternative.

Since then he has proved to be a revelation. Limbombe has played 27 times for Brugge this season. He has six goals and has been a phenom in the wide positions for Brugge.

Such form has seen his side run away with the Belgian Pro League, finishing the regular campaign 12 points clear of their nearest rivals Anderlecht.

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Meanwhile, Botaka, who was signed instead, is currently struggling for form at Sint-Truiden. Sacko, who arrived a year later, has yet to establish himself at Elland Road.

Limbombe was a big target for Leeds but after missing out on his services it is unlikely the West Yorkshire club envisaged such a meteoric rise.

Now the 23-year-old will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. Perhaps a place in the World Cup squad is also in the offing for the wideman.

Leeds United will no doubt wish they had managed to bring in the player in 2015 or 2016.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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