By Wayne Veysey

24th Sep, 2021 | 10:00am

Sources: Chikukwa agrees two-year Watford package after ending five-year Leeds United spell

Jimiel Chikukwa has joined Watford on a one-year contract with a 12-month option after quitting Leeds United, Football Insider has learned.

The Hornets announced on Thursday afternoon they had completed the capture of the 18-year-old forward.

Watford did not reveal any contract details but a club source has told Football Insider that Chikukwa’s initial package could extend to two years.

He was released by Leeds in the summer after being deemed surplus to requirements at Elland Road.

The youngster had spent five years at United before impressing on a trial at Watford, where he scored twice before agreeing a contract.

Football Insider broke the news on 14th September that Chikukwa had agreed terms with Watford and was in line to complete a move this month.

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He headed out of Elland Road following the end of his two-year scholarship in the summer.

The youngster did not break into the first team during his time at Leeds.

But he served notice of his potential by scoring six goals in 15 appearances for the club’s Under-18s last season.

He is a goalscoring forward renowned for his electric pace and finishing.

“I’d say I like to run in behind,” he told the Watford website. “I’m one of those types of strikers, but also I’m a bit of a poacher, so those balls in and around the six-yard box I’m usually there.

“I’m pacey, I like to get on the ball and show what I can do, I can beat a man.”

In other news, Leeds United star “will be massively missed in midfield” as another injury blow confirmed against Watford.