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Leeds United forward makes Elland Road exit



Leeds United forward Oliver Sarkic has become the latest young player to leave Elland Road this summer after joining League One side Burton Albion.

Sarkic joins a long list of young players that have joined other clubs in this transfer window, including most notably Jack Clarke, Mallik Wilks, and Aapo Halme.

The 22-year-old has joined the Brewers on a permanent transfer after two years with the Yorkshire club.

Sarkic joined from Benfica permanently in January 2018 following a six-month loan with the Whites but has never made an appearance for the Leeds senior side. 

He was a regular for Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s in his first season at Elland Road but was sent out on loan to Spanish third-tier side Barakaldo CF for the 2018/19 campaign.

The forward, who international experience with the Montenegro age-group sides, made 12 appearances for the Spanish club but found the net just once.

In a statement on the club website, Leeds said: “We wish Oliver the best of luck for the future.”

The 22-year-old has suffered from injuries over the last 18 months and, speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, indicated he did not want to wait for first-team football.

Sarkic said: “I’m really impatient to make my mark on English football. Injuries and other circumstances mean I have been quite unfortunate in the last year-and-a-half but now I’m ready to show what I can do.”

Burton begin their League One season against Ipswich Town on Saturday.

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The Verdict

This seems like a good move for all parties.

After his loan last season it didn’t seem that Sarkic was near Leeds’ first-team plans so a permanent move to allow him an opportunity elsewhere seems the best option.

Sarkic gets a chance to prove himself in senior football and a fresh start away from a club where things never really got going for him.

Burton have added a hungry, young striker, who has said himself he wants to “show what [he] can do”.

His time at Benfica and Leeds show that this is a player with some potential and Nigel Clough will be hoping that he can unlock that for the Brewers.

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