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Can this 24-year-old’s spark be reignited under Tony Mowbray?

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There is no doubt that Hadi Sacko has had an annus horribilis at Leeds this season.

Making 14 league appearances with an average of fewer than 20 minutes a game, he was largely a peripheral figure. On his few appearances he looked uninspired and bereft of confidence with just three shots and six chances created. Consequently, it looks like he’ll be on the way out of Elland Road this summer.

Despite this, Sacko would still be a promising purchase for the right side. One club that would fit the bill is Blackburn. The Lancastrian side stormed to automatic promotion, losing just two league games in 2018, and are now looking at bolstering their squad to take on the Championship. One of their main issues is that two of their three top scorers, Charlie Mulgrew and Danny Graham, are 32. While they offer experience, younger legs may be required to stretch Championship defences.

Enter 24-year old Sacko. His stats over the past season were poor, but they must be looked at in the context of his appearances. Afforded a solitary start, he played for fewer than twenty minutes in eight of his 14 appearances. It is clear that there was little faith in him. With that in mind, it is of little wonder that he could not get going.

This season he went on 0.2 dribbles per game whereas last season, when he had 28 starts, he went on 1.8 dribbles per game. That season also saw Sacko score twice and assist three times. The lad can play; he just needs regular playing time. If they trust him, Blackburn, with Tony Mowbray’s attacking style of play, could well be the perfect foil for him.

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