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Leeds confirm loan deal for Chelsea’s Izzy Brown

Attacker is coming off of a injury and won’t be fit until October

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Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Izzy Brown from Chelsea on a season-long loan.

Brown joins Leeds as the third Chelsea player join on loan, along with Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman.

Per the club’s official website:

Leeds United are pleased to announce the signing of Izzy Brown from Premier League side Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.

The 21-year-old has been capped at various youth levels by England and becomes our sixth signing of the summer transfer window.

Brown started his career with West Bromwich Albion before moving to Stamford Bridge to join Chelsea, who he twice helped to win the FA Youth Cup.

He has had a number of loan spells away from London, gaining first team experience at Vitesse Arnhem, Rotherham United, Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Joining Huddersfield on loan in January 2017, he helped the Terriers win promotion to the Premier League for the first time, making 18 league and play-off appearances, scoring four goals.

Last season, Brown spent the campaign with Premier League side Brighton and made 14 appearances in all competitions, before picking up a knee injury in January, which ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.

As Phil Hay indicated in his tweet, Leeds will not pay Chelsea while Brown is out with an injury, so this deal has very little risk in it for the Whites.

This is a pretty savvy signing. With Brown not picking up a loan deal because of his injury status, he was one of the few Chelsea loan “stars” still awaiting a move to another club, as he isn’t going to get playing time in the Chelsea squad. However, most other Premier League clubs would have been scared away because of the injury to Brown, meaning that a quality player, who probably should be playing in the top division at a club like AFC Bournemouth or Southampton, is able to end up at Leeds instead.