By Wayne Veysey
The cost of Izzy Brown’s wretched loan spell at Leeds United is an eyewatering £27,000-a-minute heading into this weekend, Football Insider can reveal.
The attacking midfielder has had just nine minutes of first-team action since signing from Chelsea last August on a season-long loan.
A club source has told Football Insider that, under the terms of the deal, the Premier League giants agreed to pay Brown’s £25,000-a-week wages until he had fully recovered from the cruciate ligament injury he sustained while at Brighton in January of last year.
It meant Leeds avoided spending on the 22-year-old until he was fit for first-team selection, which did not come until the end of January of this year after extended involvement for the Under-23s to get his fitness up to speed.
Brown has subsequently been an unused substitute on six occasions and been restricted to just nine minutes of senior action, against QPR on 26 February.
During the 10 weeks since he was first deemed to have fully recovered from the knee injury that robbed him of 13 months of his career, Leeds have spent £250,000 on Brown’s wages, equivalent to £27,000 per minute of senior football.
He has missed the last two games due to a minor injury but Marcelo Bielsa revealed at his media conference on Thursday that Brown is fit to face Birmingham City at St Andrews on Saturday.
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