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Leeds United Locked In A Three-Way Battle For This English Starlet: One For The Future?

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In a recent report, The Sun stated that Leeds United are locked in a three-way battle for Derby County starlet Malcolm Ebiowei. It is believed that the Whites could face competition in the form of Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in pursuit of the English youngster.

Ebiowei’s Impressive Rise In English Football This Season

Ebiowei has caught the eye with his performances at Craven Cottage this season and has done well to produce a few eye-catching performances as the focal point of Fulham’s attack. The 18-year-old has been involved in 15 matches for the Cottagers during this campaign, scoring one goal and grabbing two assists in multiple competitions.

The talented teenager has proven his worth as a reliable performer by averaging 1.2 tackles, 1.3 shots, 1.1 key passes and 3.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in the English Championship. However, he needs to take care of the ball a bit better when distributing possession in the final third based on his pass completion rate of 75% in the English second division (stats via whoscored).

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DERBY, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Malcolm Ebiowei of Derby County is challenged by Domingos Quina of Barnsley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Barnsley at Pride Park Stadium on March 05, 2022 in Derby, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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Leeds United Eyeing A Move For Ebiowei: Is He A Prospect To Watch Out For In The Future?

Ebiowei is proficient at creating a yard of space for himself to get a few shots in on target. He has got the vision to engineer a few clear-cut chances in the final third and can complete some dangerous dribbles in the attacking end of the field.

The English striker will now have to concentrate on improving his numbers in front of the opposition goal.

At 18, the future is quite promising for the Derby County teenager as long as he continues to take strides toward improving himself with each year. Hence, Leeds United would be wise to get him on board in the summer.

Ebiowei has what it takes to serve as an ideal successor to Patrick Bamford at Elland Road. Plus, he could go on to form a lethal attacking partnership with Joe Gelhardt at the West Yorkshire club over the next decade. With all things considered, Ebiowei is definitely a prospect to watch out for in the future, so the Whites should consider moving in for him in this off-season.

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