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Declan Drysdale joins Coventry City but Leeds United must keep tabs

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Declan Drysdale joins Coventry City but Leeds United must keep tabs

Leeds United were reportedly interested in the teenager last year.

Coventry City have snapped up Declan Drysdale from Tranmere Rovers. The talented teenage centre-back has not featured for the Birkenhead side this season but is considered one of the top talents in the lower leagues.

Indeed, as reported by the Coventry Telegraph, he also had an offer to join Watford whilst Birmingham City also wanted him, with their transfer embargo ultimately preventing a move.

FLEETWOOD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 27: Coventry City manager Mark Robins looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood Town and Coventry City at Highbury Stadium on November 27, 2018 in Fleetwood, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The report also claims that Leeds United missed out. They claim a £200,000 bid for the player was accepted from Leeds by Tranmere last year. The deal ‘fell through’ according to the report, with no further comment.

“There was Premier League interest in him and he’s a player that could do anything he wants.

“He’s a Scouser and he’s got plenty of aggression but he’s also got that quality as well, so we’ve got a good player in him.”

– Coventry boss Mark Robins on Declan Drysdale


Leeds will now hope that Drysdale will not go on to be a missed opportunity. Whilst nobody would wish him ill in his fledgeling career, if he goes on to play in the Premier League the Whites will be gutted.

Drysdale, might also be disappointed not to have joined Leeds. Given Marcelo Bielsa’s blooding of young talent and defensive injury trouble this season, the teenager might have been in with a shout of first-team football at Elland Road this season.

Instead, he will now try and force his way into first-team plans at Coventry over the next few months. Leeds will no doubt continue to track his development.

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