Leeds United have joined Tottenham in the race for Birmingham City youngster Adan George (Team Talk). The 17-year-old has been in the academy ranks at St Andrew’s since 2015 and is catching the eye.
Spurs have held a long-term interest in the teenager and Leeds are now starting to show their hand. George produced a standout performance in this season’s FA Youth Cup, scoring a hat-trick against Sunderland.
Some strong performances for the under-18s have earnt him the chance to impress for the under-23 outfit. He has scored four goals in nine games for Steve Spooner’s team and the Blues want to reward him with a new deal.
The pathway to the first-team is pretty clear at Birmingham. Jude Bellingham has been a regular in Pep Clotet’s team during 2019/20 and is attracting Premier League interest.
Leeds Director of Football Victor Orta has a decent track record of finding young talent and George could be the next in his sights.
The Birmingham-born striker is quick and powerful and he would actually bolster an area where Leeds are short of options.
Patrick Bamford has been the primary striker in Marcelo Bielsa’s team during 2019/20, with Jean-Kevin Augustin providing competition following his January arrival.
Tottenham also have a decent track record with producing youngsters and in a profile on Birmingham’s official website, George cites Harry Kane as the best striker in the world.
As a result, he may favour a move to Tottenham at some point in his career, although Leeds could hand him a better opportunity to make an impact at first-team level.
With the summer transfer window on the horizon, it will be interesting to see what happens. Birmingham have proved this season with Bellingham that the first-team pathway is clear; the advances of Tottenham and Leeds could seriously turn his head, however.