According to a recent report from the Derby Telegraph, Leeds United are in the running to sign Everton forward David Henen on loan next season, but what chance does the Belgian have when another talented youngster failed to make an impact at Elland Road last season?
Brian Montenegro is three years Henen’s senior but the Paraguayan barely featured for Leeds’ first-team during his loan spell, playing just six times all season and starting just once – in the FA Cup third round clash with Sunderland.
The 22-year-old impressed on that occasion, while he was a regular scorer for Leeds’ under-21s, but after just 25 minutes of Championship football he headed back to parent-club Nacional Asuncion.
Much like 19-year-old Henen, Montenegro is not just a forward. He is also able to play on the flank and some Leeds fans felt the club’s lack of width last season could have been solved by giving their loanee a chance out wide.
That did not happen, with former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn sticking for the most part with a specific set of players, but it will never be known if Montenegro would have got more chances under new boss Uwe Rosler.
If Everton’s young Belgian does arrive at Leeds this summer, it will be up to him to achieve what Montenegro could not and have an impact on the first-team, but when it comes to the latter, it will always be a case of what might have been.