Leeds United had scouts watching the U20 World Cup in Poland and one player has made an impression. According to South American media outlet Estadio (Ecuavisa), Leeds scouts are impressed with Ecuador’s Alexander Alvarado.
Ecuador U20 fell to a semi-final defeat against South Korea yesterday. They will now have a third-place play-off against Italy. But Alvarado caught the eye of Leeds scouts.
The winger was said to impress with both his attacking and defensive work for his country. Several European clubs, including Leeds, returned positive scouting reports on Alvarado.
He played six games for Ecuador, scoring one goal and providing one assist. In the knockout game against Uruguay, Alvarado scored a penalty.
The 20-year-old operates as a left-winger and he can also play on the right flank. He plays for Ecuadorian top-flight side SD Aucas and already has over 50 appearances to his name (with three goals and four assists).
Marcelo Bielsa could use his knowledge of South American football to help get this deal over the line. After positive scout reports, Alvarado could be a Leeds target this summer.
Alvarado’s eye-catching performances at the U20 World Cup could do enough to earn him a move to Europe. But England’s strict work permit rules could make this difficult for Leeds.
The Ecuador U20 international is clearly a talent and Leeds could take a low-cost gamble on him. This could prove to be a masterstroke if they can get it over the line.