As per one of the latest reports put forth by The Scottish Sun, Championship outfit, Leeds United, are keen to bring Harry Cochrane to the Elland Road in the near future. Cochrane, owing to the command and serenity he has shown in the outings he has been handed so, has attracted a lot of attention from the football fraternity and it isn’t really surprising to see the Whites standing in the queue.
Under the tutelage of Thomas Christiansen, Leeds United started the season in the English second division in a riveting fashion. However, the scenario has gone horribly against them in the last few weeks as they lost three league games on the trot, with their latest outing ending in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Brentford on Saturday. Their progress has been severely hindered lately and some sort of resurrection is the call of the hour for them.
After 16 Championship games, the Yorkshire-based club find themselves at the 10th spot in the league chart with 23 points to their name. They did make ramifications during the summer transfer window but the troops are far from reaching what they are capable of. Thus, the upcoming January transfer window would hold paramount importance, which would facilitate their aspiration of beefing up their arsenal in a requisite manner.
The Peacocks’ apparent interest to get hold of Cochrane makes sense, for the midfielder has made a brilliant progress in his development process. The Scottish Premiership does have many youngsters who have the calibre to shine and become big names in years to come, and Cochrane is undoubtedly one of them. The 16-year-old emerged through the youth ranks of Heart of Midlothian and has breezed into their first-team squad this season.
A midfielder by trade, Cochrane made his debut for Hearts against Dundee and has garnered 5 Scottish top-flight appearances for his employers so far this season. Considering his age, he has produced solid outings for the Jambos and has carved his name in the good books of Hearts’ manager, Craig Levein. Leeds United’s director of football, Victor Orta, has spotted him and is keen to get the deal done.
However, Leeds United should be cautious in their approach before dishing out the likely transfer fee of £500,000, for he is a raw talent who isn’t acclimatized with English football. Although he has the ingredients to succeed, he lacks experience and hasn’t proven his mettle adequately. Thus, it is up to the club to decipher whether Cochrane is worth the fuss or not.
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