While Leeds may have made a big mistake during the most recent January transfer window in not doing more to strengthen their first-team options, it does appear that that particular window has every chance of being remembered slightly more favourably in years to come.
That is because it was at the start of the year that Leeds reportedly saw off Premier League competition in the race to sign Mateusz Bogusz, with Przeglad Sportowy reporting that Brighton also wanted the teenager, who had previously been on trial with Napoli.
The 17-year-old took little time to catch the eye for the under-23s following his switch to Elland Road. And he was one of the youngsters that fans were tipping for a first-team chance during the coming campaign following a season in which Marcelo Bielsa had to use several of the academy prospects after a torrid spell with injuries.
There was a big indication that Bogusz was going to be in Bielsa's plans when he was included in the fairly thin squad taken to Australia for two pre-season games. He came off the bench and impressed against Manchester United, and then wrote his name in the history books by scoring the first ever goal at Bankwest Stadium in the 2-1 win against Western Sydney Wanderers.
He is one of the players who looks set to return to England in a better position in the pecking order to the one he was in when they headed Down Under, so it is fair to say that it is becoming increasingly clear to see why Leeds had top flight competition for Bogusz's signature.
The Poland under-20 international still has a tough task on his hands trying to break into the Whites lineup when you consider the players he is battling for a spot. But he has shown during pre-season that he has that piece of magic up his sleeve that could see him become a real wildcard for Bielsa's side.
Leeds appear to have another special talent in their ranks. But given that the Whites had to battle clubs at a higher level for the youngster, it should come as little surprise that he may emerge as the biggest winner from United's pre-season preparations.
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