By Will Butcher
Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko has revealed his desire to make his Leeds loan into a permanent transfer.
The 22-year-old is one of the first names on Garry Monk’s team sheet, after an impressive start to life in Yorkshire that has seen him make the right midfield slot his own.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Sacko revealed that he wants to stay at Elland Road past his current loan deal, which expires at the end of the season.
Frenchman Hadi Sacko, who is on a season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon, says he would like to stay with @LUFC
— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) October 14, 2016
Sacko moved to Yorkshire this summer after failing to break into Sporting Lisbon’s first-team set up, following his move to Portugal for £1million from French giants Bordeaux.
The winger’s stock is rising at Elland Road, as he has starred in 12 league and cup appearances for Monk’s men on the right side of a 4-2-3-1 system that sees him link up with new signings Luke Ayling at right back and Pablo Hernandez in the attacking midfield role.
Using his electrifying pace and dazzling skill, Sacko has provided two assists and also found the back of the net against high flying Birmingham City.
Now, the France Under-20 international will be expected to provide Leeds with an attacking threat on the right of midfield against Derby and newly appointed manager Steve McClaren on Saturday.
A sixth win in seven league and cup matches could see Monk’s side move to within touching distance of the Championship’s top six, but will be up against it as Monk is banned from the touchline.
In other Leeds news, Monk has given this one-word verdict on the Championship table.