Leeds United reportedly want to sign Bolton Wanderers youngster Luca Connell but will Marcelo Bielsa get his man?

It has been a miserable few months for Bolton Wanderers with the threat of liquidation looming over a club who were relegated from the Championship in April.

And, to make matters worse, the cash-strapped Trotters could be about to bid farewell to their prized asset. According to the Sun (12 May, page 59), Leeds United are looking to raid Bolton for 18-year-old starlet Luca Connell.

Out of contract in the summer, Connellcould leave Bolton for a cut price compensation fee of around £300,000. But what would Leeds be getting, apart from a player who is comfortably in central midfield or at left-back?

Well it speaks volumes about Connell’s talent that he has played regularly in England’s second tier at the age of just 18. The youngster made 10 Championship appearances for Bolton, establishing himself as a key player since the turn of the year.

“He is a player with real quality that he has showed in the games he has played so far,” manager Phil Parkinson told Bolton’s official website in February.

Given that Jack Clarke, Kalvin Phillips and Bailey Peacock-Farrell made huge strides under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds this season, a summer switch to Elland Road could help Connell evolve into the top class talent he looks destined to become.

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