Leeds United have confirmed that they have completed the signing of Chelsea youngster Isaiah Brown on a season-long loan deal. The English striker is currently making a comeback from a severe knee injury which occurred in January. It is expected that he would continue his rehabilitation at the West Yorkshire club and hopefully return to training in the coming weeks.
At the mere age of 21, Brown still has a lot to do before he can get regular starts under Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road this season. Here is a detailed scout report.
Isaiah Brown – Player Profile
Isaiah Brown, better known as Izzy Brown, came through the youth ranks of West Bromwich Albion before making a switch to the Chelsea Under 18 team in the summer of 2013. Since his move to West London, the Peterborough born talent has slowly made his way up the youth ranks of Chelsea before being loaned out to Vitesse in 2015. Brown had a productive time for the Eredivisie club, scoring six goals in 28 matches during that campaign.
Upon his return to Stamford Bridge, he was again loaned out, this time to Rotherham United, in the summer of 2016. The Pensioners starlet found the back of the net three times while also creating five assists in 20 appearances for the Championship outfit.
Brown also had a six-month loan spell with Huddersfield Town where he scored five goals in 21 matches. The Chelsea prodigy went out on loan to play for Brighton & Hove Albion last year. However, he was unable to find the back of the net at the Amex Stadium. But the young starlet made 14 appearances for the Seagulls across all competitions before suffering a knee injury which ruled out for the remainder of the previous campaign.
What Will Brown Offer To Leeds United?
Brown is ideally suited to play in the number 10 role while operating as an attacking midfielder or a secondary striker. The 21-year-old boasts of a lot of pace and can efficiently dribble with the ball out of tight spaces to either set-up his teammates or take an opportunity when one presents itself. His shooting and passing attributes still have some room for improvement. With regular game time at Elland Road, Brown can register his name on the scoresheet on a weekly basis.
However, the West Brom academy product is still not physically ready for the Premier League as evidenced by his time at the Amex Stadium last season. He needs to hit the gym and develop his upper body strength if he wants to be a success in English football.
Will Brown Fit Bielsa’s System At Elland Road?
Marcelo Bielsa is renowned for playing with a lot of attacking midfielders in his squad. He is often opting for a fluid 4-1-4-1 formation so Brown can undoubtedly be unleashed in any position in the opposition half behind the main centre-forward. The youngster’s versatility to play anywhere across the front line would also help the Whites cope with injuries and suspensions.
After he completes his recovery from the recent knee injury, Brown would have enough in his locker to feature regularly for Leeds while also improving his game under the masterful tutelage of Bielsa.
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