Takumi Minamino should have caught Leeds' eye with Europa League hat-trick

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on September 16, 2017 in London, England.

Championship title-chasers Leeds United reportedly wanted Red Bull Salzburg striker Munas Dabbur in 2017 and should look at his Japanese teammate now.

Munas Dabbur of Salzburg celerates his second goal of this night during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic Glasgow at Red Bull Arena on October 4, 2018 in...

12 months ago, the Mail reported that Leeds United were scouting the prolific Red Bull Salzburg striker Munas Dabbur.

The Israeli international has established himself as one of the most underrated forwards anywhere in Europe over the last year or so and scored an impressive 29 goals in last season, firing Salzburg to the Austrian Bundesliga title and the Europa League semi-finals.

But should Leeds be scouting Salzburg again? Because another of the Austrian side’s under-the-radar gems is taking Europe by storm this season – Takumi Minamino.


The 23-year-old former Cerezo Osaka attacker was just one of the supporting cast behind Dabbur as Salzburg stunned the likes of Lazio and Dortmund in 2017/18, but he has emerged as a star in his own right in recent weeks.

Minamino has scored nine goals already and hit a hat-trick in the hugely impressive 5-2 away win at Rosenborg on Thursday night.

Takumi Minamino of Japan celebrates the first goal during the international friendly match between Japan and Uruguay at Saitama Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Saitama, Japan.

And a Leeds side who are used to dominating possession but missing chances looks a perfect fit for a versatile attacker capable of playing anywhere across the front line; a player who has an excellent goal-scoring record with 24 goals in the last two seasons combined.

One year after Leeds signed a young Japan international in Yosuke Ideguchi, Victor Orta should take a punt on another.

Salzburg's Japanese forward Takumi Minamino kicks the ball to score during the UEFA Europe League football match Rosenborg BK vs FC Salzburg in Trondheim, Norway, on November 8, 2018. (...

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