• Moroccans Abroad: Is Ouasim Bouy destined to be another Amadou Haidara at Leeds United?

    Leeds United signed another defender who looks unlikely to make the grade at Elland Road.

    While Leeds United signed a number of new players last summer that have made an immediate impact at Elland Road, it is easy to forget they also made a move for a 24-year-old defender-cum-midfielder who was instantly loaned out to Cultural Leonesa.

    Ouasim Bouy was a bizarre addition to a side that clearly did not need him, bringing him in on a free transfer before shipping him off to a partner-club and hoping for the best.

    Unfortunately for Bouy, things have not gone according to plan thus far, with the Moroccan barely getting a look-in for his loan club, featuring only four times to date and having to make do with just 54 minutes action in La Liga 2.

    General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

    It does not bode well for the future, with Leeds unlikely to be giving much game time to a player who is currently being overlooked more often than not; especially when you factor in the players already at the Whites' disposal.

    The issue remains that Bouy is, for now at least, a Leeds player, and if he does arrive in England at the end of his loan spell he could quickly fall by the wayside just as another obscure addition did before him.

    Some Leeds fans question whether Amadou Haidara actually exists, but the French defender who arrived at Elland Road in the summer of 2016 has turned out a few times for the under-23s.

    Ouasim Bouy in action during a US Citta' di Palermo training session at Carmelo Onorato training center on October 5, 2016 in Palermo, Italy.

    More recently it seems he is simply seeing out his time at a club where he was never likely to break through, and it would be no surprise if Bouy ultimately follows a similar path.

    Both players are at an age when they should be playing regular first-team football, but if Bouy does come to Leeds he could quickly fall into the same category as a player who is destined to be little more than the answer to a pub quiz question in the years to come.


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