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Anthony Limbombe the other international debutant to frustrate Leeds United this week

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Anthony Limbombe the other international debutant to frustrate Leeds United this week

The Belgian winger made his debut for Roberto Martinez’s side.

Leeds United fans were left both frustrated and proud last night by one of England’s debutants against Italy.

Lewis Cook entered the fray in the second-half to receive his first Three Lions cap.

Of course, the midfielder came through the ranks at Leeds so fans of the West Yorkshire side were pleased to see the youngster’s development.

Others, however, were disappointed he was making the debut as a Bournemouth player.

But it was not just the international debut of Cook last night that would have rubbed Leeds fans up the wrong way.

Belgium took on Saudi Arabia yesterday, in a game they comfortably won 4-0.

One man that featured for the Red Devils for the first time in that fixture was Anthony Limbombe.

Leeds fans will know the name well, as they tried to sign him back in 2015 and again in 2016.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported Leeds tabling an offer of £1.5 million in the summer of 2015. The bid was rejected and they signed Jordan Botaka instead.

The YEP reported that Leeds wanted him again 12 months later but Limbombe joined Brugge from NEC Nijmegen instead, with Leeds signing Hadi Sacko.

There is little doubt which of the three wingers has gone on to have a better couple of seasons.

Limbombe spoke to the press after his debut, telling Het Nieuwsblad he was hoping for more international action:

“This is a wonderful feeling and I had no stress. The teammates had talked to me well and the guidelines of the coach were clear. We did a great performance tonight, with a nice result.”

The nature of Limbombe’s achievement is highlighted by the brilliance of Belgium’s attacking options.

He is now keeping company with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku – whilst Leeds languish in the bottom half of the Championship table.

Last night was one of what might have beens for Leeds. Not just with Cook, but with the impressive Limbombe as well.

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

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