In the summer, Leeds United were seemingly on the brink of signing Irish youngster Ryan Nolan.
As reported by FC Inter News, it seemed that Leeds had agreed a deal to sign both Nolan and Argentine striker Facundo Colidio from Inter Milan’s Primavera side. However, despite a three-year deal reportedly being in the offing, Nolan rejected the move as he was set to be loaned out to Scottish side Kilmarnock.
Nolan then headed elsewhere, joining Italian Serie C club Arezzo. As reported by FC Inter News, Inter retained a 50% resale clause in the deal.
So have Leeds missed out?
Based on his season so far, it would appear Leeds won’t be losing any sleep over this deal not happening.
The Irish youth international immediately went into the Arezzo first-team. However, that did not last. After Arezzo won just one of Nolan’s first eight Serie C appearances, the teenager was dropped to the bench. Then, by December, he was out of the first-team squad altogether.
With that in mind, Nolan was on the move again. This time he joined AS Giana Erminio, also in Serie C, on loan until the end of the season. He made the bench twice before the league was suspended due to the global health crisis.
So whilst Leeds United were likely disappointed not to get the talented defender he has not yet shown the sort of form which will have the club losing sleep at night.
Hopefully, Nolan can soon find some form, even if it isn’t as a Leeds United player.