Rumours fly around like witches on Halloween but one doing the rounds at the moment is that Uwe Rösler is keen on bringing Manchester City Academy and England U19 midfielder Brandon Barker to the club as his first signing; likely on a season-long loan. Brown is listed as a ‘left winger’ which would fit perfectly into new head coach Uwe Rösler’s vision of high-octane, hard-pressing football with dedicated wide men.
Barker has something of a bite when it comes to putting the ball in the back of the net with six goals in 18 appearances for the Manchester City Academy in the U21 Premier League (goal per 212 minutes), four goals in seven UEFA Youth League appearances (goal per 129 minutes). Domestically, his U21 Premier League goals have come against sides such as Everton U21, Chelsea U21 and Fulham U21; in Europe he has scored victories against Bayern Munich U19 (two goals in two appearances) with his other two goals coming in a 4-2 victory over CSKA Moscow U19. Internationally, he has also represented England U19, making five appearances, scoring three goals and making two assists.
Should this rumour firm up and be confirmed, this is the sort of young player Leeds United should be looking at when Rösler starts to pull in the favours from former clubs and associations.