Last year Leeds United brought in a host of talented but unknown players to strengthen their ranks. One of the players snapped up was talented Dutchman Ouasim Bouy. The versatile midfielder was signed on a four-year deal from Juventus and immediately headed to ‘sister club’ Cultural Leonesa on loan.
His time at Leeds has not been a success. His spell in Spain was forgettable and cut short in January. Upon his return to Leeds, he failed to make an impact and was not given a squad number by new manager Marcelo Bielsa this summer.
With that in mind, he headed back to the Netherlands. He joined PEC Zwolle on a season-long loan, the third time he had joined the Bluefingers on such a deal.
So to hear high praise coming his way from Dutch legend and former Ajax boss Frank de Boer will be a surprise for Leeds fans.
He praised the player this week, suggesting when he was a youngster he had all the attributes former Ajax captain Davy Klaassen had.
“He is the same age as Davy Klaassen, which is a textbook example of how things should be done and how they should not be done…Klaassen became captain of Ajax, played for the Dutch national team, played in the Champions League and played a Europa League final.
“That’s what you want at that age. Bouy has wandered everywhere and is now loaned to PEC Zwolle. In my eyes, he had almost the same qualities as Klaassen.”
Klaassen, of course, joined Everton in a deal worth a reported £23.6 million last summer, before leaving for Werder Bremen this summer.
Buoy, however, did not stick with Ajax as a youngster and De Boer seems to be suggesting his decision to join Juventus in 2012 is behind his failure to make it in the game.
The fact is, Bouy has not lived up to such acclaim and has not done so for Leeds. Considering the fact he has not yet started a league game for PEC Zwolle this season, he may never make it at Elland Road.