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Three Aspire Academy graduates Leeds United should target, including Barcelona and Villarreal talents

Akram Afif

Leeds United's new director Ivan Bravo is currently director at the Qatari academy.

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Leeds United have appointed former Real Madrid strategist Ivan Bravo to the club’s board of directors.

The Spaniard, a friend of new part-owner Andrea Radrizzani, will maintain his role as director of the Aspire Academy in Qatar whilst taking on his role at Leeds.

The academy aims to produce some of the top talent in Qatar, whilst also giving chances to players from African nations such as Senegal, Mali and South Africa.

So what Aspire graduates could, and should, Leeds target?

Here are three options they should seriously consider...

Akram Afif

The 20-year-old Qatari forward has all the talent to become his nation’s best ever player. He spent six years with the Aspire Academy but also spent time at Sevilla in his development before joining Belgian side KAS Eupen.

He is currently signed to Spanish side Villarreal, a club Leeds co-owner Andrea Radrizzani confirmed he has links with when signing Alfonso Pedraza on loan.

Currently he is on loan at Sporting Gijon but Leeds would be smart to take a gamble on the 12-cap Qatari talent.

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Diawandou Diagne

The 22-year-old Senegalese centre-back is a full international for his country and is currently signed to Barcelona.

He impressed during two seasons at Belgian side Eupen, who are a sister club of the Aspire Academy, which saw Barca take a punt on his services.

He has been loaned back to the Belgian side but is a genuine talent that Leeds would be right to consider.

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Jean-Thierry Lazare

This 19-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder has everything in his locker to become a star.

A dynamic player who covers every blade of grass he looks a future star of the Ivorian national team and will soon start catching the eye around Europe.

Leeds could use their new links and jump the gun on this talent.

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