Seven months after Leeds United trial, striker Mitja Krizan makes top flight breakthrough

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.

Leeds United took Mitja Krizan on trial back in February.

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

Leeds United have been busy scouring Europe over the last few months for top young talent - even before Victor Orta's arrival as director of football.

Back in February the Whites handed a trial to Mitja Krizan, son of former Barnsley left-back Ales Krizan who played in the same team as Neil Redfearn in the Premier League.

Mitja Krizan played for Leeds' under-23s while on trial, but did not do enough to earn a move from Slovenian side NK Celje.

Soon after, Krizan was loaned out to the Slovenian second division, joining NK Drava Ptuj.

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.

Seven months on, Krizan has finally cracked the first team for NK Celje, and has begun starring in the Slovenian top flight.

The 20-year-old made his first start of the season last month against Darko Milanic's Maribor, and made another appearance from the bench a week later.

In between, he was handed a start in the Slovenian Cup, scoring twice in a 3-0 win over his former loan side Drava Ptuj.

Krizan's season is only just getting started, but there are reasons for him to be positive, especially if he can start making an impact in the top flight.

Leeds made the right decision by not taking him on as he is not ready to play Championship football just yet, but it might not be a bad idea to continue to monitor his progress now he has earned the favour of his club boss and looks set for further opportunities.

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