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Leeds expected to complete loan signing of Izzy Brown from Chelsea

He will be the 3rd Chelsea player to join on loan this summer.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Atletico Madrid - Pre Season Friendly Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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.

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....

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.

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.

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.