Could Leeds United's Kun Temenuzhkov fire Bulgaria back to their glory days?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The youngster signed for Leeds United from Barcelona in the summer.

Leeds United corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

The arrival of Victor Orta at Leeds United prompted a major overhaul of both their first-team and their under-23 sides this summer, and arguably the pick of the bunch - at least in terms of potential - was Kun Temenuzhkov.

He may only be 17, but there is a reason he was nicknamed the Bulgarian Bomber during his time at Barcelona, and if he reaches his full potential Leeds could have a bona fide superstar on their hands.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on before the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

It is very early days and Kun is still getting comfortable in his new surroundings, yet he is widely regarded as one of the most exciting teenagers in world football and his signing is a massive coup for a Leeds side clearly building an academy fit for a Premier League club.

Kun's emergence is not only great news for Leeds but also for Bulgaria, a country that once had some of the best players in Europe but have fallen away in recent years.

KRASSIMIR BALAKOV, LEFT,  OF BULGARIA RUNS TO CONGRATULATE TEAMMATE  HRISTO STOITCHKOV WHO CELEBRATES AFTER  SCORING THE EQUALIZER AGAINST GERMANY DURING THE 1994 WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS...

It is a long time since a side inspired by Hristo Stoichkov lit up the 1994 World Cup, becoming everyone's favourite second team, but the new Leeds addition is being talked up as a potential heir to the famous forward.

The path to footballing stardom is long and arduous, yet both club and country will be hoping the 17-year-old sensation, at Leeds via Bulgaria and Barcelona, successfully navigates it.

 

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