Leeds United knew what they were doing when they signed Chelsea forward Isaiah Brown. They also knew what they were getting.
What they were getting was an injured player some way down the path to recovery, a player that they would nurture back to full fitness and get back on the pitch. that nurturing is done, and today Leeds United fans got to see their new steed in action for the Under-23s against Birmingham City.
Make no bones about it though, despite being a 21-year-old Brown is not a player that needs Under-23s games. The Chelsea youngster is first-team ready and it is only a matter of time before he gets truly up to speed and is featuring regularly for the Whites.
He completed the first 45 minutes for the Under-23s, who went on to lose 3-0 against their Birmingham counterparts. Here’s what the relieved Brown posted afterwards:
10 months out, first 45 mins back out there! It’s never felt so good to be on a pitch. Thank you so much for all the positive energy in such a difficult time, it’s appreciated! #lufc #mot pic.twitter.com/VMqLn6CLM1
— Isaiah Brown (@izzyjaybrown) November 16, 2018
With some Leeds United fans beginning to worry as injuries begin to gnaw deeper into an already thin squad, news that the ranks could be about to be swelled is welcome news indeed.
Here’s how fans have been responding over on Twitter to news that the Chelsea youngster is nearing full fitness and first-team readiness:
Fantastic mate, very much looking forward to seeing you play at ER. Hope the reaction to playing was ok. MOT
— Zeta LUFC Corbynista (@Zed_Grain) November 16, 2018
Yes lad…. can’t wait to see you at Elland Road!! You’ll be a huge addition to our squad!
— Tom Johnson (@TommyJA3) November 16, 2018
This has made my Friday what a player this could be for us come the second part of the season. #LUFC
— John Robert (@foscoR23) November 16, 2018
Positivity pal. Keep up the hard work . Would be great to see you on the pitch at elland road next Saturday in a sell out game.
— Daz (@hobsterlobster) November 16, 2018
Going to be like a new signing and very much looking forward to seeing you make your debut and showing the true talent you have MOT
— Franco Gasparotti (@francogasparot1) November 16, 2018
— Cam Burrows (@CamBurrows92) November 16, 2018
With resources spread a little thin at Elland Road, any positive news about a fit-again body ready to play will no doubt continue to be welcomed by Leeds United fans.