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Are Leeds United set to pounce for Manchester United’s Cameron Borthwick-Jackson?



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According to reports coming from ESPN on Sunday evening, Leeds United’s new boss Thomas Christiansen is interested in bringing in Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Sources close to the news outlet have revealed that the 20-year-old has caught the attention of Leeds’ new Danish manager with the Yorkshire club keen on bringing him in on-loan or permanently.

And with Borthwick-Jackson being left out of United’s squad for their pre-season tour of America later this month it appears that Jose Mourinho could offer him out to gain further first-team action.

What does the United youngster have to offer Leeds?

One of the youth players that Louis van Gaal bled into the Manchester United first-team during his short reign at the helm at Old Trafford, Borthwick-Jackson enjoyed an impressive stint in the 2015/16 season.

He has already made 14 appearances for United, and although he was sent out on-loan to Championship side Wolves last season – and struggled – he has shown at the top level that he is extremely talented.

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Utilised most often at left-back, but with a capability to play in the centre of defence, his versatility has played a huge part in getting him noticed in both the United academy and Under-23 sides in recent times.

He has a tall stature for somebody of his young age and it lends him well to English football, able to physically challenge in the air well. He is a person that isn’t afraid to get stuck in to 50/50 tackles.

Add to this that he is a natural left-footer and – during his run in the United side – he began to grow in confidence and attack further down the left flank, becoming braver as he went on.

There’s undoubted potential and now it is just whether Borthwick-Jackson can continue his development at Elland Road with Leeds, where realistically they should be looking to challenge for promotion.

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After being left out of United’s pre-season squad it appears that Mourinho doesn’t think that Borthwick-Jackson will break into the first-team next season, so another year away can’t hurt him. The 20-year-old still has three-years left on his contract at Old Trafford – and he is still highly rated by Mourinho himself – so another year gaining Championship experience can only aid his prospects.

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How has Marco Silvestri performed since Leeds United exit?

The Italian had a mixed experience at Elland Road.



Leeds United have certainly had a rough time of it recently. A sudden and dramatic dip in form has seen them plummet down the Championship table. The club have had plenty of problem positions this season, but perhaps none more so than in goal.

Leeds United allowed number one Robert Green to join Huddersfield Town in the summer. That came after he was replaced as the first-choice stopper by German talent Felix Wiedwald. The Werder Bremen recruit was then backed up by former Leeds captain Andy Lonergan. The pair looked to be good moves, but both have flopped at Elland Road.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Chris Wood of Leeds United congratulates Marco Silvestri, after they won on penalties during the EFL Cup Fourth Round match between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on October 25, 2016 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Now the club has resorted to playing youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell in goal, such is the lack of faith in the summer recruits.

Things have not turned out much better for Green, who has had to sit on the bench for the Terriers most of the season. But what about the other goalkeeper Leeds let go in the summer?

Marco Silvestri was one of the Massimo Cellino era signings at Leeds. The young Italian arrived from Chievo in 2014 and soon displaced Paddy Kenny at Elland Road.

during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St James’ Park on April 14, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

His time at Leeds was certainly mixed. Nobody could deny that Silvestri had talent. When it came to shot-stopping the Italian had frightening reflexes and would occasionally make an incredible save.

But Silvestri was also error-prone. Poor off his line and not the best at handling the ball, Silvestri frustrated Leeds fans who wanted a more experienced and suited goalkeeper between the sticks. After two seasons as Leeds number one Garry Monk brought in Green and Silvestri became back-up in 2016-17.

This summer he left, joining Hellas Verona in Serie A where he hoped to play more regular first-team football.

Unfortunately for the 27-year-old that has not been the case. For the second season in a row Silvestri has had to settle for being the back-up option. Verona have used Brazilian stopper Nicolas as their number one this season, as they battle relegation to Serie B.

Silvestri is still young, especially for a goalkeeper, and still has fond memories of Leeds. He even congratulated Peacock-Farrell on his recent first-team action:

Hopefully he can find his way back to playing regular football for next season. Because, despite his faults, Silvestri remains an immensely talented young stopper who, with the right coaching and club, could be a very good goalkeeper.

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Staying at Hearts is best option for Leeds United linked Harry Cochrane

The 16-year-old has had a brilliant breakthrough campaign at Hearts this season.



Leeds United were seemingly in the hunt for Hearts midfielder Harry Cochrane this summer.

The 16-year-old was apparently a target for Leeds as well as Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion, according to the Scottish Sun.

But the news this week suggests Cochrane is going nowhere.

According to the Scottish Sun, the teenager is set to sign a contract extension at Hearts, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2020.

Such a move would be the wise choice for the immensely talented midfielder.

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Leeds United have a history of bringing through young players so, on the one hand, Cochrane could not pick a better team to join.

That said, at just 16 years of age, playing in the Championship looks a very unlikely scenario.

Considering the current influx of players into the under-23s under Victor Orta’s reign, Cochrane would have a battle on his hands to play regularly at that level.

Whilst Leeds have struggled in centre-midfield this season, summer improvements are likely. If Leeds bring in experienced options in the heart of midfield then Cochrane is again likely to miss out on playing regular first-team football.

Staying at Hearts is a far more sensible option. The teenager has played 16 times in the league for the Edinburgh side this season and that highlights how highly rated he is at Tynecastle.

Moving to Leeds would see him move into a youth team. Staying at Hearts will see the Scot playing regularly at a first-team level.

As tempting as a move to England – with a club the size of Leeds – must be, remaining at Hearts and playing on a regular basis is easily the best career choice for this precocious talent.

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Leeds United fans will be wondering what has happened to Pontus Jansson’s magic hat?

The Swedish defender has been out of form for most of the 2017-18 campaign.



Leeds United’s poor run of form has seen them drop firmly out of play-off contention in the Championship. Since Boxing Day, Leeds are bottom of the form table and look set to finish in mid-table.

Much of the blame has been laid at the door of the club’s defenders. Rightly so, Leeds have been incredibly leaky at the back and conceded heaps of soft goals. One player who must receive a large scoop of the criticism is Swedish defender Pontus Jansson.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.(Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Last season he was a colossus at the back for Leeds. Playing alongside the more reserved Kyle Bartley, Jansson’s gung-ho displays were rightly applauded. Soon enough he became a Leeds United hero. The fans loved him and Jansson was back in the Sweden squad being linked with Premier League teams.

This season has been vastly different. Jansson has had periods of good form but overall his campaign has been mixed. His judgement has been poor this season and he often finds himself out of position. It has been suggested that Jansson needs to be playing in a settled defence to play his best.

Last season he was alongside the composed and confident Kyle Bartley with the experienced Robert Green behind him. This season he has played opposite Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington with the erratic Felix Wiedwald in goal.

SOLNA, SWEDEN – MARCH 25: Pontus Jansson of Sweden during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Sweden and Belarus at Friends arena on March 25, 2017 in Solna, . (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images)

Jansson himself has commented on his bad form this season but it appeared to take an upturn in December. However, the last few weeks he has been poor. Once again that was the case against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend and Leeds fans are surely wondering where on earth the Swedish star has laid his magic hat recently.

If Jansson cannot pick up his form for Leeds soon, his place in Sweden’s World Cup squad in the summer must be up for debate. If he carries on the way he has been at Leeds, his place in the Elland Road starting XI could even be up for grabs.

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