Today Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa and Whites employee Andrea Lore were seen at Oakwell taking in the Barnsley vs Luton game.
Whilst their appearance there could simply be Bielsa taking in a game of football due, largely, to his love for the game, it is an appearance that does raise certain questions.
Neither Barnsley nor Luton are in the Whites’ division, nor do Leeds United have any players on loan at the Tykes or Hatters. With those caveats in mind, many commenting on Twitter are drawing the conclusion that Bielsa and Lore are there on a scouting mission.
Running with that supposition, here’s one player from each side that Leeds United might be looking at in a game where the home side emerged victorious via a 3-2 scoreline in an entertaining game.
George Moncur – central midfield (Barnsley)
Moncur started his career in football as part of Tottenham’s highly rated youth set-up, but moved on to West Ham and their youth sides. The Swindon-born youngster was a part of West Ham, progressing through the ranks to the Under-21s, until leaving for Colchester United in mid-November 2014. Before leaving West Ham, Moncur featured in loans to AFC Wimbledon, Partick Thistle and Colchester themselves.
The 25-year-old was at Colchester for two seasons, making 97 appearances (23 goals/seven assists) before being picked up by Barnsley. Whilst not showing the same level of output, he has still managed to scores six times, and adding eight assists, during his time at Oakwell – this including two goals and four assists in last season doomed Championship campaign. This was a campaign that saw the Tykes relegated, but one which saw Moncur’s displays catch the eye of many an admirer.
Pelly Ruddock-Mpanzu – defensive midfield (Luton Town)
London-born Ruddock-Mpanzu is a defensive midfielder whose route into football came via the non-league set-up with Boreham Wood before also making a name for himself at the Hammers. He moved on from them in early December 2011, West Ham United paying around £30,000 for his services. He joined the Under-18s at the Hammers, moving up to the Under-21s the following season.
Finding opportunities limited at Upton Park, Pelly-Mpanzu first spent part of the 2013/14 season (November-January) on loan at Luton Town, joining them fully at the end of January 2014. Since joining the Hatters, the 25-year-old has made 163 appearances, scoring nine goals and adding 22 assists. Last season he played a key part in Luton’s promotion to League One, featuring 28 times (two goals/two assists) and putting in displays that showed he would not look out-of-place in League One this season.