A report from major Ecuadorian news outlet Ecuavisa has claimed that Ecuador Under-20s World Cup starlet Alexander Alvarado has caught the eyes of a number of clubs, including Championship outfit Leeds United.

It was reported here on The72 last week that Leeds United scout Gabriel Ruiz was in attendance at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland, keeping a close eye on some of the hottest talents the competition has to offer.

Speaking to the official website of the tournament, Ruiz listed some of the talents that have caught his eye the most, saying Alvarado has played an important role in Ecuador’s “superb” midfield as they progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament, only to lose to South Korea.

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After Ruiz sang the praises of Alvarado’s performances for Ecuador, it has now been said that he has “provoked the interest” of Leeds United and a number of other European sides.

It must be said, however, that it may be best to err on the side of caution with this story. Ruiz’s praise for Alvarado may show that the club are aware of the winger, but there is no evidence that Leeds are actively interested in bringing Alvarado to Elland Road this summer.

That being said, Leeds United have not been afraid to utilise some of the club’s young talents since the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa. The club could be looking to bring in some new youngsters this summer to try and introduce into the senior team over the course of the 2019/20 season

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Academy graduates Jack Clarke, Jamie Shackleton and Leif Davis were all in and around the first-team picture in the 2018/19 season. Young Polish playmaker Mateusz Bogusz only joined the club in January and was also in and around the seniors towards the end of the season, making the bench on four occasions.

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