Leeds United have completed the signing of Bradford City’s young and talented goalkeeper Darryl Ombang on an initial scholarship deal that will turn professional when he turns 17, according to Football Insider.
Ombang took to his personal Twitter account to confirm that he has signed a deal with Leeds that will see him make the switch to Elland Road from Bradford.
— 👋🏾…. (@officialdarrylO) July 13, 2021
According to Football Insider, Leeds have managed to beat off competition from other Premier League sides for the goalkeeper. While the Whites will also be set to pay a compensation fee to Bradford after securing the 16-year-old’s services.
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The report also outlines that Leeds have given him a scholarship deal due to his age that will be converted into a three-year professional deal when he turns 17. That agreement is thought to include a pay rise for the keeper when the deal is made a professional one.
The plan for Leeds with the keeper is thought to be to include him initially in their under-23s squad before looking to incorporate him into their first-team in the coming years.
This is a potential major coup for Leeds and a real blow for Bradford City, but it was always going to be expected that he would move on as soon as a club of Leeds’ size came in for him this summer. The Bantams will at least receive a compensation fee for Ombang but they have lost a potential star of the future before he has even been able to make his mark with them really.
Leeds have been snapping up young and talented players from the EFL in recent windows and this looks to be another very promising signing for them. The Whites are being very clever with their Premier League money and are reinvesting in talents that could emerge as key players over the coming years and that might payoff handsomely for them.
Ombang seems to be a player that should only get better and Leeds is the perfect place for him to continue his development over the next few years before hoping to break into the first-team squad.