It’s only a few years since Ouasim Buoy was one of the most highly rated young talents in European football. A deep lying playmaker blessed with guile and vision, there’s a reason Serie A giants Juventus jumped at the chance to take the Dutchman from Ajax’s famed academy in 2012.
However, it’s fair to say Bouy, now aged 24, still has a long way to go before he can think about fulfilling his early promise. Though Leeds United obviously felt that the midfielder has plenty to offer, signing him this summer after he was released by Juve.
Yet, Bouy will have to serve his apprenticeship elsewhere before attempting to break into Leeds’ first-team plans with the West Yorkshire giants loaning him to their Spanish second tier feeder club, Cultural Leonesa, for the entirety of the 2017/18 season.
However, the former Netherland’s Under-19 international is yet to really make his mark with the Segunda side. Bouy missed Leonesa’s first game of the season with injury but was an unused sub for the two league fixtures prior to making his debut in a Copa Del Rey clash against Alcorcon a week ago.
Bouy played 62 minutes and had a hand in one of Leonesa’s goals, providing the assist to the assist. Since then, however, the one-time wonderkid has been forced to take a backseat view once more, having been left out of the squad for the weekend’s victory against Huesca.
It’s early days of course, and Bouy needs time to acclimatise to a new league after injuries and an absent pre-season. But Leeds will certainly be hoping that their under-the-radar summer signing will force his way into Leonesa’s squad as the campaign progresses.