When Thomas Christiansen was the manager of Leeds United, the Yorkshire based club were linked with Heart of Midlothian’s prodigy, Harry Cochrane. However, nothing materialised in the January transfer window and Cochrane remained in the ranks of the Hearts and has managed to dazzle so far this season.When Thomas Christiansen was the manager of Leeds United, the Yorkshire based club were linked with Heart of Midlothian’s prodigy, Harry Cochrane. However, nothing materialised in the January transfer window and Cochrane remained in the ranks of the Hearts and has managed to dazzle so far this season.
Cochrane is one of the latest and sensational products of the youth setup of the Jambos. Under the tutelage of Craig Levein, the 16-year-old has been getting a fair bit of opportunities under his belt and that too in the Scottish Premiership. He is currently tied to the Tynecastle Park until 2020 and as per one of the latest reports by The Scottish Sun, the club is preparing to add further six months to his contract.
However, this shouldn’t deter Leeds United from their pursuit of signing Cochrane as the player has drawn attention from Paul Heckingbottom’s side once again. Until the first half of the season, the Peacocks were one of the sides that were hopeful for promotion. However, their stuttering form for a couple of months or so has put a question mark even on their likelihood of finishing inside the top half of the Championship table.
Heckingbottom would need to make some shrewd additions to his arsenal in the summer and Cochrane should definitely be targeted by him. The Scottish starlet plies his trade as a central midfielder and is capable enough to operate as a central defensive midfielder as well. Despite his young age, he has shown immense composure and calmness in the middle of the park during the games he has played.
Cochrane showcases immense work-rate who is technically very sound and has raw pace in his boots to offer. He has the tendency to gallop forward in order to create chances for his teammates and test opposition’s goalkeeper from long range as well as from close quarters. He is very sound defensively and there is no denying that his developmental process has been quite exemplary and notable.
It was Cochrane who inspired the Jam Tarts to engineer a 4-0 thrashing of Celtic in December which ended the Bhoys’ 70 games unbeaten run. Although he might not be a polished article at this stroke of the hour, owing to the calibre he has, he should be able to brush himself adequately under proper guidance in the upcoming months and Leeds United would strike gold if they manage to get him in their books.