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Leeds United man seals surprise Premier League switch

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Leeds youngster Sam Dalby has made the switch to Watford, as officially confirmed by the club.

The 19-year-old failed to make a senior appearance during his 18-month spell at the club, despite arriving with a lot of promise from Leyton Orient in 2018.

Instead, Dalby largely featured for the U23 development squad, and he will have a similar role at Watford, who have signed him for an undisclosed fee and offered him a two-year deal, with the option of a third.

So far the forward’s only senior appearances have come in League Two, where he has made a combined total of 18 appearances for Morecambe and Leyton Orient, scoring one goal and making three assists in that time.

He has become the fifth Leeds player to leave on a permanent basis, but due to the undisclosed nature of this deal and the one that brought him to Elland Road, it is not known if the club has made a profit.

The Verdict

This is a bit of a surprising one from Leeds. He hasn’t been given much of an opportunity and it makes the decision to sign him in the first place seem pretty pointless.

He may not have developed as the club would have wished but if a Premier League club is interested it suggests that Dalby has plenty to offer.

Dalby needs game time at a senior level and will hope for a loan spell lower down the EFL. That is the only way he will be able to make progress and make improvements to his game.

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