COMMENT By Richard Parks
Have Leeds United badly messed up with Moise Kroma?
That is the question that fans will be asking after it emerged last week that the striker, 17, had arrived at Burnley after agreeing to undergo a trial.
Lufcyouth, an ever-reliable source of information regarding Leeds’ young players, claimed on their Twitter account seven days ago that Kroma has left Elland Road to spend time at the Premier League’s seventh-placed club.
Good luck to #lufc u18 striker Moise Kroma who is on trial with Burnley u23s
— Lufcyouth (@leedsutdacademy) March 15, 2018
With a potential transfer in the offing, Leeds fans will wonder why their club has given dispensation for a potential star of the future to rub shoulders with a club who have had an outstanding season in the English top flight.
Ivory Coast-born and England-raised Kroma signed scholarship terms with the Yorkshire giants in 2016 alongside the likes of Liam Kitching and Bobby Kamwa, and it is likely that his deal is due to expire this summer.
Has he been given the nod that he will not get an extension from Leeds academy chiefs? Why has Kamwa been given a new deal but Kroma has not.
That appears to be the case, even though the teenage centre-forward has been a regular in the Under-18s side.
Burnley, who signed Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor from Leeds last summer for a combined £20million-plus, have perhaps spotted something in Kroma that the coaches at his current club have not.
Intriguingly, Kroma is on trial with the Under-23s at the Premier League high flyers rather than the Under-18s, which is a huge step up from his current age group team.
It is a shame that some of Leeds’ promising young talent is being picked off by Premier League clubs.
Are United doing enough to hang on to their best youngsters? Or are they getting lost in the set-up following the avalanche of youth team arrivals, most of them from Spain, since Andrea Radrizzani sanctioned Victor Orta and his recruitment team with a huge overhaul last summer?
Leeds supporters should be concerned they could lose a third player to Burnley in the space of a year.
From a distance, it appears that the club have got it badly wrong over Kroma and are about to pay the penalty by losing him to club whose recruitment is on a totally different level.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that NINE senior players at the club are in Radrizzani’s firing line and fighting for their jobs.