At the start of February Leeds United released Eoghan Stokes. The Irish forward, signed from St Kevin’s Boys in 2012, once looked like one of the club’s top talents. However, his development seemed to stop despite being tipped for the first-team by former manager’s Neil Redfearn and Steve Evans.
Under Garry Monk he stagnated and he was released by Thomas Christiansen.
The youngster joined League of Ireland side Bohemians and immediately made his way into the first-team.
Now he has admitted that one day he might like to return to English football. Speaking to the Soccer Republic Extra podcast on RTE the 21-year-old stated:
“At the moment I’m trying to enjoy myself as much as I can. If I do get my move back to England I’ll be happy but at the moment I’m just trying to work hard for the boys and work hard.”
In that case Leeds United should certainly keep tabs on the player. Stokes himself has previously spoke of how the constant change of managers at Leeds harmed his development at the club. Leeds did however once have high hopes for the player. During his time at Leeds it seemed he was on his way into the first-team at Elland Road. But the managerial issues and his own injury trouble prevented a barrier to his development.
Now at Bohemians, he has so far scored just the one goal in his five appearances at the club.
But it could be that the youngster just needs a return to his homeland to enjoy his football again and score goals regularly. If he can become a star back in Ireland, it could be a return to England finds itself on the cards for the former Leeds talent.
If that is the case, then Leeds should keep track of his progress in case he develops into the player they once thought he might at Thorp Arch – and bring him back to West Yorkshire.