Before the start of last season, Leeds United made a loan signing that certainly crept under the radar at Elland Road. They snapped up talented Italian teenager Dario Meadows on loan from AS Roma.
As Leeds fans could tell at the time from the name, Meadows has English blood, having been born in Kent. He moved to Italy when he was six and was over the moon to have joined Leeds. The then 17-year-old was quoted by Sky Sports as stating:
“Leeds have great history and are one of the best clubs in England for producing young players, I’m really happy to be here.”
Leeds, it seemed, had high hopes for Meadows then. However, something immediately appeared wrong. Meadows’ name did not start appearing in the under-17 or under-18 team-sheets for Leeds. Eventually, it was his cousin on Twitter who cleared things up in November 2016. Chris Meadows explained FA would not allow Meadows to play for Leeds until he had turned 18 – so the young winger returned to Rome.
Now the former Leeds loanee is having a great season with the Roma Primavera. Now 19-years-old he has fully developed into an attack-minded full-back. When signed by Leeds, he was considered more of a winger but has played most of his games this season in the right-back slot.
He has been a regular member of the team and even chipped in with three goals, despite his more defensive duties these days.
Leeds could, of course, make a return move for the player now, considering his age. But regimes have changed since Meadows was initially signed by the club, so it would not be a shock if he no longer featured on their radar.
The teenager, who has represented Italy at youth level, has a massive task on his hands ever making it at the Stadio Olimpico and therefore Leeds should continue to monitor his progress.
The teen would surely relish the chance of another shot at Elland Road and given the mass improvements being done to the under-23s, Carlos Corberan would surely welcome him on board.
A return to Meadows would give him the chance to show Leeds what they have been missing out on and could secure a top young talent for the future.