As per one of the latest reports by Sunderland Echo, Leeds United are believed to be monitoring Hartlepool United’s dazzling youngster, Josh Hawkes. Apart from the Whites, many other English clubs have put him on their radar, such as Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United and thus, it would not be an easy task for Leeds United to lure him to the Elland Road.
Hartlepool United have pulled themselves out of the clutches of the relegation zone in the National League and are currently placed at the 16th spot in the league table with 48 points to their name after 41 games. Hawkes has started in all of their last three games and has made a solid impression. So far this season, he has made 7 appearances for his club after breaking into the first-team.
Capable of operating from either wing as well as a no.10, the 19-year-old has raw pace in his legs and has shown tremendous inclination to develop himself. He scored on his full debut in his side’s 2-1 win over Bromley last month and the Monkey Hangers are seemingly likely to lose him in the summer, with his contract set to expire at the end of next season.
The youth academy of Leeds United is renowned for polishing youngsters and for making them capable enough to make a name for themselves in the game. Thus, a move to the Elland Road should appeal Hawkes. Hartlepool United had lost 17-year-old Conor Simpson earlier this year to Preston North End and it seems that another blossoming starlet is likely to make an exit from the Victoria Park.
Leeds United started this season in a decent fashion under the tutelage of Thomas Christiansen. However, their form derailed midway into the ongoing campaign and despite the appointment of Paul Heckinbottom, the Peacocks are struggling terribly. The former Barnsley manager is expected to bring reinforcements during the summer transfer window and someone likes Hawkes could bring some freshness that is apparently required by the club at the moment.
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The Yorkshire based outfit have been roping players from various nooks and corners of the world and there is no denying that the club is focussing on their future as well, having grabbed the likes of Ryan Edmondson and Sam Dalby of late. Although Hawkes has shown a lot of potential, it would be intriguing to see whether or not he is channelized into the first-team next season, if the deal materializes.