By Alex Stevens
A Leeds player has had to cut short his loan spell at the club due to an eligibility issue, according to a reliable journalist.
It was expected that he would play for both the under-21s and under-18s during his loan spell but has not been named in either of the development sides, which suggested there was an issue that was not in the public domain.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay took to Twitter on Monday to give some insight into the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the right-sided winger.
Asked by a Leeds supporter what had happened to Meadows, Hay responded on his personal Twitter account that he “went back to Roma, I believe”, adding that there was an eligibility issue due to his age.
@mouncerg went back to Roma I believe. Sounded like FIFA rules made his too young to play
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 6, 2017
Meadows turned 18 in January and it is unclear if he will return to Yorkshire to re-join the set-up of the Championship outfit.
There has been no official confirmation from Leeds about Meadows’ situation, or whether indeed he has temporarily returned to Italy.
Leeds have not mentioned the teenager since he linked up with the former Champions League club in August.
Teenager Meadows is originally from Pembury in Kent but moved with his family to Italy as a young boy. He was then picked up by Roma and has flourished in Giallorossi’s youth set-up before he was capped by Italy at Under-16s level.
Meadows, who has both English and Italian passports, is set to switch nationalities and join the England set-up.
In other Leeds team news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.