The signing of Izzy Brown brought enormous optimism to Elland Road when he first signed for Leeds United on loan from Chelsea, but fast forward a year and just two substitute appearances, he has certainly flopped.
The 22-year-old has previously impressed at Brighton and Huddersfield, and Leeds fans felt that when he finally returned from his a year-long knee injury, he would inspire Leeds to promotion in the second half of the season.
As it turns out, Brown managed only his second appearance for Leeds’ first team on Wednesday night, with the Whites finally losing 4-3 on aggregate to Derby County despite having home advantage in the second leg.
Brown has flopped, but to be fair to the Chelsea loanee, he has suffered niggles since his knee injury – which itself took longer than first thought to get over. He apologised to Leeds fans on Twitter after the loss to Derby.
— Isaiah Brown (@izzyjaybrown) May 15, 2019
Despite injuries to the likes of Gjanni Alioski, Tyler Roberts, Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford, Brown was continuously overlooked by Marcelo Bielsa and it remains to be seen if there was another reason for that.
But Leeds fans still see Brown in a positive light and many replied to his Tweet, hoping that he will join the Whites this summer again in a bid to gain promotion – 16 years after first being relegated from the Premier League.
It remains to be seen if Leeds want to go back in for Brown, who is earning £25,000 a week contract at Chelsea, according to Spotrac.
Extremely gracious and great words Izzy especially after you haven’t played much. I can think of a few of your peers who wouldn’t act with such class. Good luck for the future and hope to see you in a white shirt again someday 👍
— Adam Clarke 💙💛 (@AdamClarke19) May 16, 2019
Can't imagine how frustrating this season has been for you. Hopefully you get the chance to play some football, here or elsewhere, next season #MOT
— PD31 (@PMD31) May 16, 2019
Thank you hope you are back next season x
— 💙💛Leeds Melissa💙💛 (@AlioskiLeeds31) May 16, 2019
Pray you come back one day at the height of your prime to pkay for us.Gutted to see you go Izzy 💙💛MOT
— Ghanabeleeds💙💛 (@Ghanabeleeds) May 16, 2019
Come back and play again, thanks for the U23
— jacques rolland (@JacqRolland) May 16, 2019
Wasted been with us, disgusting why you never got more game time. I'll apologise for how our club treated you. Good luck with your future and hope to see you back at Elland Road 💛💙
— Dean 'Lufc' Sullivan (@deano69uk) May 16, 2019