Why Chelsea youngster's cancelled loan spell may prove bad news for Leeds in their pursuit of new striker

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Islam Feruz is reportedly on the verge of ending his loan spell at Hibernian.

Chelsea youngster Islam Feruz is reportedly close to invoking a clause in his contract with Hibernian that would allow him to terminate his season-long loan spell at Easter Road in January, according to the Daily Mail. However, Leeds United fans should be hoping that he changes his mind and decides to stay until the end of the campaign.

Feruz has struggled to earn a place in Alan Stubbs' squad since his move from Stamford Bridge. So, with several Championship sides - including Derby County, Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers and Fulham - previously expressing an interest in the 20-year-old (as reported by the Mail), he may well be tempted to end his time in Scotland prematurely, and instead seek an opportunity elsewhere.

Although Feruz has only been on the fringes of the team so far this season, his decision could have big implications for one of his teammates. 

Jason Cummings has been in blistering form for Hibs so far this campaign, scoring 10 goals in 15 appearances in the Scottish Championship

His efforts have caught of eye of the Leeds hierarchy, and The Scottish Sun previously claimed that Steve Evans' side are the favourites to lure him away in January. 

And while his current club are going to be reluctant to let their star striker move on - especially as the side remain in a strong position to gain promotion to the Premiership - they may be more willing to let him go should there be an abundance of forwards ready to fill the void that Cummings leaves behind. 

However, should Feruz choose to leave, Hibs may decide that the winter window is not the time to try and replace two strikers, and thus, do everything that they can to prevent Cummings also heading for the exit. 

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