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With Leo Pulac linked, what ever happened to former Leeds man Zan Benedicic?

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With Leo Pulac linked, what ever happened to former Leeds man Zan Benedicic?

Leeds United expected a lot from AC Milan loanee.

Leeds United have today been linked with a move for Venezia midfielder Leo Stulac. Alfredo Pedulla claims that Leeds are keeping tabs on the talented player, who has performed well under Filippo Inzaghi in Venice. The report claims Leeds are challenging Genoa for the Slovenian’s signing.

But what happened to the last Slovenian to play for Leeds?

Back in the summer of 2014, the Whites agreed the season-long loan deal, with an option to buy, of AC Milan youngster Zan Benedicic. It looked like Leeds had signed a real talent and fans were very excited to see him in action.

They did not have to wait long. He was clearly in then manager Dave Hockaday’s plans at Elland Road until disaster struck. In September 2014 he picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury. It ruled him out for the season. After just two appearances for Leeds, the Slovenian was done in West Yorkshire and was not seen playing for the club again.

Benedicic was the epitome of a Massimo Cellino era signing. An unknown quantity from Italian football, who simply failed to make an impact at Elland Road.

But with Leeds now targeting another Slovenian midfield operator, did Leeds have a star on their hands in Benedicic or was he never going to make it in West Yorkshire.

 

It appears the answer may be the latter.

After Leeds, the playmaker went on to have unsuccessful stints with both Como and Ascoli. He then turned up in England again. Benedicic joined Leyton Orient in the summer of 2016 but after just six months he was released after barely making any impact in London.

After that, he returned to Italy again for another ill-fated spell – this time with Lega Pro side Olbia.

(Photo by Ryan Browne/Getty Images)

So where is he now?  

Still only 22-years-old, the midfielder has struggled to live up to his billing as a future talent. In February, he returned to Slovenia to join NK Celje.

But, so far, that move has not yet worked out either. Benedicic played just 35 minutes of football after joining the club in the winter.

His contract with his new club runs until next summer and he will hope to finally settle at Celje. Leeds fans will hope Pulac has more of an impact if he ends up at Elland Road this summer.

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Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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