Noel Whelan has suggested Leeds United want to keep a closer eye on Mateusz Bogusz after turning down a bid from Legia Warsaw.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted the attacking midfielder needs to join a team where he is going to play the same style as he would at Elland Road.

As revealed by Football Insider this week, Leeds rejected Legia Warsaw’s loan bid for the 19-year-old.

It is understood Marcelo Bielsa wants to send the highly-rated teenager to an English Championship club next season.

Whelan suggested Leeds would want to keep a closer eye on his development next season.

Asked if a Championship loan was the right call, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think so. Keeping him nearby as well, not sending him across to another country, so you can monitor him.

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“It’s so you can watch him, you can have your scouts there whenever you need. Also, I think the English game is a lot different to going abroad.

“If he’s gonna have any opportunity within the Leeds United first team, he’s got to be within a similar kind of realm of what we play.

“In this division it’s competitive, they play the game in a certain style.

“You always want to send the player out where he’s going to adapt to what he’s already had with the under-23s or training with the first team.

“That’s a footballing style and a work rate style. I think it’s important that you pick the right loan club for his development so it doesn’t change too much.”

The Poland under-21 international is currently on loan at Spanish second-tier outfit UD Logrones.

He has started nine times in 18 league appearances and has a single goal under his belt to date.

Bogusz made his debut for Leeds last season and has three first-team outings to his name so far.

In other news, Leeds United “kid” is tipped by former Everton star to be a Premier League sensation next season.