Why a potential loan move for Jose Pozo could be Leeds United's most exciting summer business

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Leeds United have been linked with a loan move for a very exciting player currently on the books at Manchester City.

According to a recent report from the Yorkshire Post, Leeds United are interested in signing Manchester City forward Jose Pozo on loan next season.

At this stage it is mere speculation, but if Uwe Rosler’s side do ultimately bring the 19-year-old to Elland Road, it could be the most exciting piece of business the club do all summer.

Pozo may be young but he has all the attributes to be a huge success in the Championship; a player who potentially could do what Adryan failed to and light up the club on a regular basis.

When the Brazilian arrived on loan from Flamengo it seemed like Leeds were about to see another maestro in the making, but for all his talent things did not work out for Adryan and he subsequently returned to his homeland with no goals and two assists in just 13 appearances.

But there are some very big reasons why Pozo is unlikely to suffer the same fate if he does temporarily sign for Leeds.

The first is also the most obvious: He has developed his game in England having been here for three years and he was nominated for City’s Academy Player of the Year award in his first full season.

He also came through the ranks at Real Madrid, and that tells its own story, while he scores and assists regularly for City’s under-21 side, and he has netted four times and set up an additional two in just 10 UEFA Youth League appearances.

On top of that he has already scored against Championship opposition this season, netting against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup in one of only four senior appearances for the Blues.

Injury prevented him from breaking through earlier but more recently he has shown what he is capable of and his versatility also means he could excel at Leeds, with his ability to play as a secondary striker or on either wing.

In short, there is no real risk involved in bringing Pozo to Leeds and it could in fact be the making of a player who has shone for City’s academy and has rubbed shoulders with the best at Real.

He will also no doubt be keen to show he can cut it in England and the dynamic talent could benefit from playing alongside Leeds' emerging young midfielders, a player not just with a box full of tricks but an end product and experience (albeit brief) of the English game.  

Now it is his time to shine, so why wouldn’t Rosler take a chance?

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