Leeds United loaned out six senior players in the summer but how are they getting on at their new clubs?
Leeds United have been commended, and rightly so, for a string of astute signings this summer. However, the decision to loan out a number of their highly-rated fringe players is also reaping rewards.
But who has done enough to catch the eye of Thomas Christiansen?
Leeds’ most intriguing summer signing, the one-time Ajax wonderkid rocked up at Elland Road this season after being released by Serie A giants Juventus. Immediately loaned to Leeds’ feeder club Cultural Leonesa in the Spanish second tier, Bouy is now at his ninth side in just five years.
Though, with just one league appearance for Leonesa so far, Bouy is yet to show why he was once so highly rated in Holland. More times than not, he has been left out of Leonesa’s matchday squad and was omitted once again for the recent draw with Almeria.
Local lad left-back Denton swapped Leeds for Port Vale this summer in search of more regular game time. However, with under-fire manager Michael Brown leaving him out of the starting XI on a number of occasions, Denton must have been wondering whether a League Two relegation battle was the right place for a youngster to thrive.
Since Brown’s unsurprising sacking, however, the 22-year-old already looks revitalised in a new wing-back role, christening his new position with a stunning assist against Yeovil Town.
Unlike the aforementioned quintet, who are fighting to ensure they deserve a future at Leeds, it appears that Murphy’s time at Elland Road is up already. The midfielder became the club’s first £1 million signing in eight years when he joined from Crewe in 2013 but slowly slipped down the pecking order.
Garry Monk handed him just one league appearance before loaning Murphy to Burton Albion in January. After helping The Brewers defy the odds and retain their place in the Championship, the 27-year-old re-joined for another season in the summer and looks set for another relegation scrap.
At least he’s finding first-team football easier to come by.
Sharp, quick and blessed with an instinctive finish, Antonsson was the Swedish top flight’s most prolific goalscorer when he earned a move to Leeds from Kalmar FF in 2016. 21 games and three goals later, however, the 26-year-old went from being The Whites’ most intriguing summer signing to their forgotten man.
Antonsson is showing signs of getting a promising career in English football back on track, however, scoring three goals in nine games on loan at Blackburn Rovers while adapting well to a new-look left-wing position.
In the 1-0 win at Scunthorpe last month, Antonsson scored the winner with his only shot on goal. It’s this ruthless streak that should earn him a second chance at Leeds.
Many a Whites fan wanted to see Leeds-born Wilks get his chance in the first-team this season after some stand-out performances in the Under-23s. They will be forced to wait, however, but the 18-year-old could be worth it.
The ‘super sub’ tag is often seen as a burden but Wilks has relished the role, scoring three times in nine appearances on loan at League Two high-flyers Accrington Stanley. He’s a natural-born goalscorer who has made a positive impression every time he’s come off the bench so far.
Charlie Taylor became a first-team regular at Leeds when he returned from an excellent loan spell at Fleetwood Town in 2013/14. And the early signs are that Coyle, who plays on the right rather than the left of defence, can follow in his footsteps.
Coyle has probably been the most impressive of Leeds’ loaned-out legion this summer. He won the supporters’ Man of the Match award in four successive games, a club record, and has impressed with his pinpoint delivery from an attacking wing-back role.