One of the signings that grabbed a lot of attention this summer for Leeds United was the signed of former Juventus midfielder Ouasim Bouy. A product of the famed youth system at Dutch giants Ajax, Bouy has spent most of his time out on loan at various clubs across Europe, playing in Serie A with Palermo (where he made two league appearances) Serie B with Brescia, Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga (where he made three league appearances and was a teammate of current Leeds forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga), in the Greek Super League with Panathinaikos, and finally the Eredivisie with PEC Zwoelle. Bouy was released by Juventus and joined Leeds on a free transfer this summer. And while he’s still only 24 years old, at this point it looks like Bouy’s status as a first-tier prospect is over.
I understand that #lufc have not yet recalled midfielder Ouasim Bouy from his loan at Cultural Leonesa. It remains an option for United who are disappointed with his lack of game time at the Spanish club. There is the possibility of sending him out on loan elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/KK1kFtPIII— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) December 14, 2017
Reports out of León are saying that Bouy’s loan deal to Cultural Leonesa is going to be cancelled, and that the Leeds player is going to head somewhere else on loan. And while it might be tempting to say that Bouy’s loan may not have worked out, as he’s only made two league appearances for Cultural this season, spending less than 60 minutes in total on the pitch.
A guy who has played in top leagues around Europe has to be good enough to have minutes in Spanish 2nd Div. but the reality is that he hasn't showed it. Something is wrong with him or his relation with the team and it's already a fact in León that he will be out in January.— CyD Leonesa English (@CyDLeonesa_en) December 14, 2017
As friend of the blog CyD Leonesa English pointed out, a player of his pedigree should be tearing up the Spanish second division. And honestly, if he wasn’t “former Ajax prodigy” or “former Juventus player” Ouasim Bouy, no one would care very much about him, much less spend column inches wondering why he’s not getting match time at Cultural. He’s not getting time because either he’s not good enough or he doesn’t care enough to try to be good.
The footballing world is full of players who looked great at 18 or 19 years old but never made it in the big time. And while it’s great that Leeds took a chance on Bouy, it’s starting to look like all the other clubs that gave up on him after a few games were right. So while everyone is excited about seeing a former Juventus player and thinking that Leeds is getting the next Paulo Dybala or Paul Pogba, Bouy doesn’t appear to be someone who fell through the cracks, but rather a player that just never put it all together to realize his promise. He may have been worth a chance on a free transfer, but he’s not worth getting very excited about.