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This Leeds outcast will surely not be feeling too optimistic after latest update

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…

In many ways, it has been a summer of change at Leeds United.

While the continued presence of manager Marcelo Bielsa and midfielder Kalvin Phillips mean that Elland Road has managed to keep two of its key, most popular figures from last year, the departures of defender Pontus Jansson for Brentford and striker Kemar Roofe for Anderlecht, mean that there will be some alterations to the XI that so many Leeds fans became accustomed to expecting last year.

But while those departures are the ones that will have grabbed the most attention in the headlines, it is the ones further down the pecking order within the Leeds squad that have been far more extensive.

Across the summer, more than 20 players who failed to make into double figures in terms of appearances for the club last season, have now departed Elland Road, either permanently or on loan for the remainder of the coming campaign.

Yet despite such a wide-reaching clearout, there are still members of Leeds’ forgotten legion who remain at the club, one of which is holding midfielder Ouasim Bouy.

It’s fair to say it’s been a difficult time for Bouy since arriving at Elland Road from Italian giants Juventus – for whom he made just one cup appearance in five years with the Old Lady – with the 26-year-old failing to feature even once during his two years with the Yorkshire side, instead spending time on loan in Spain with Cultural Leonesa and the Netherlands with PEC Zwolle.

You can understand therefore, why Bouy would surely be open to a move away from Elland Road in the final few days of the summer transfer window for European and lower league English sides, as he looks to get back to first-team action as soon as he can, something which at 26-years-old he will surely want to do while he at the peak of his career.

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That, however, appears to easier said than done, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting recently that Leeds have yet to receive any offers for Bouy, and that can only be hugely frustrating for the midfielder.

Not only does it leave his chances of regular football anytime soon in further doubt, but you imagine it can’t exactly feel too good for the midfielder, having seen so many clubs make moves to sign so many of his fellow, often younger teammates, this summer.

That isn’t something that you imagine will provide much of a boost in confidence for Bouy, and with two years remaining on his contract at Elland Road, it could be a long wait for the midfielder before he is able to get back into the swing of first-team action.

Bouy will surely hope that he doesn’t have to wait those two more seasons before he can make his escape from his Elland Road nightmare, because you feel that if he does, it almost suggests there won’t be many other places for him to head following his departure, and he can only wonder what will happen to his career after that.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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