Hadi Sacko first appeared in the frame at Leeds as a mystery face on a pre-season tour photo in Ireland. There at the back was a smiley face and a snazzy haircut.

Questions were instantly asked as to who it was, answers coming back just as quick. Sacko was then on a season-long loan deal from Portuguese giants Sporting, and he had a whacking great £51.6m release clause to boot.

What Leeds United fans saw was a very raw player, one they hoped could have the rough edges smoothed out of him with coaching. What he did have was pace to burn, yet this pace was tempered somewhat with an often awkward, indisciplined touch.

Yet, fans took to him and he took to the fans. Despite not really being up-to-scratch, the terrace never really turned on him like they do with some players who pull on the Leeds United shirt. His amiable, affable nature helped here, Sacko rarely found without a smile on his face.

However, his deficiencies far outweighed the rawness and potential that he had. It was very clear that he didn’t fit in to Marcelo Bielsa’s style of football, that his immediate future didn’t sit with Leeds United. Bielsa is anything but harsh, and Sacko’s future seemed to lay away from Elland Road.

He was farmed out first to Spanish side Las Palmas, a temporary deal that didn’t really pan out for him. Next up, and where he is currently, is Turkey and Super Liga side MKE Ankaragücü. The hope from Leeds United is that, like fellow loaned out striker Caleb Ekuban, Sacko will get further exposure and put himself in the shop window.


For a start, if this doesn’t put you in the shop window, nothing will. This is the sort of goal that Leeds United fans definitely didn’t get to see during Sacko’s two-season stay at Elland Road.

Such is the sublime skill on show here, it was bound to draw comment from Leeds United fans. Here’s what some of them have said in response to what they saw.

Sacko screamer – Leeds United fans respond

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