In news coming through from Lee Sobot of the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United young striker Sam Dalby has left Elland Road and signed for Premier League side Watford.
The 19-year-old only signed for the Whites in January 2018 and became a regular in Carlos Corberan’s very successful Under-23s. This was a side who won their Professional Development League North title, before defeating Birmingham City to win the national title.
He joined the West Yorkshire side from Leyton Orient, coming to West Yorkshire highly recommended and praised for his skill and potential. However, stepping into the Under-23s, for whom he played well, and cracking the first-team at Elland Road is a different thing altogether.
He spent time out on loan last season at League Two side Morecambe. Whilst here he made just two appearances from the substitute’s bench. Whilst there were no audible mutterings that he would be leaving, it seems that this is obviously the case.
His move, whilst unexpected, does represent a step up of sorts as he is heading to Watford, a side whose first team play in the Premier League. He arrives at Vicarage Road for what has been termed the ubiquitous ‘undisclosed fee’.
Dalby’s two-and-a-half year deal was due to expire next year, so receiving a fee for the youngster does represent good business for the Whites. Whilst being a talented player with some potential, he’d lagged behind players such as Ryan Edmondson and Kun Temenuzhkov in Corberan’s set-up.
Add to this that Leeds have also brought in young Spaniard Rafa Mujica from Barcelona and it seems that it is the best for both parties that Dalby moves on to pastures fresh.