Following on from Phil Hay’s tweets earlier in the week (below), the front runner in the mind of Leeds United fans online was 21-year-old Chelsea attacking midfielder Izzy Brown.
all being well today, they’ll do one deal before the deadline (probably confirmed tomorrow). Attacking midfielder, young and from the Premier League— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 29, 2018
The rumours gathered pace this morning with Brown posting a snapchat from an airport departure lounge and some eagle-eyed fans working it out to be Terminal 5 at Heathrow. This lead to some fans checking when the next flight from Heathrow to Leeds-Bradford Airport would be landing and heading to the airport. Then....
#lufc he's here pic.twitter.com/kVthRMWu4y— Andy Miller (@lufc82uk) August 30, 2018
Brown has not played a competitive match since January, when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury playing for Brighton & Hove Albion against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup. He has a good pedigree though with loan spells at Vitesse, Rotherham United, and Huddersfield Town before getting his first real shot in the Premier League with Brighton last season.
No better feeling than this ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EwKIQa2fxp— Isaiah Brown (@izzyjaybrown) February 7, 2017
Brown hasn’t always been a popular figure with the Leeds support having been quite vocal on twitter while at Huddersfield Town having scored in a 2-1 victory against Leeds in February 2017. This was one of 4 goals he scored for them as they secured promotion to the Premier League. A season where where he was very impressive. Although he wasn’t as impressive when faced with Pontus Jansson.
Best 25 second clip I've ever seen. We're leeds. We stick together. #lufc pic.twitter.com/jh070gaRqF— selwonk (@ArcadeOfHoney) February 5, 2017
Brown can play in any of the 4 attacking roles in the systems that Marcelo Bielsa has used so far, although he is unlikely to play as the front man and will most likely be used as a number 10 or out wide.
Provided the deal goes through he will be the third Chelsea player to join on loan following on from Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman. EFL teams can sign up to four players from one club, only 2 of whom can be over 23 years old.