When Kun Temenuzhkov left Leeds United on loan in the summer, fans would have been forgiven for fearing that it was an ominous sign for the Bulgarian’s future at Elland Road.

Kun’s arrival in 2017 looked to be an incredibly exciting move from the Whites. He had previously spent three years on Barcelona’s books.

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And there were often times throughout his first couple of years at Thorp Arch where he really stood out amongst an impressive under-23 squad.

In 2019, he was handed his first-team debut in an FA Cup tie. Later on in the year, he signed a new contract with the club.

However, since then, he has spent the majority of his time out on loan. And Leeds now have a new crop of younger players pushing the senior squad.

It was Spanish third tier side Real Union who loaned Temenuzhkov in the summer. It was arguably a move that left the 20-year-old falling further away from the radar.

 

But the forward is doing his best to remind everyone of the potential he previously showed.

Temenuzhkov has two goals in his first three appearances in Spain. And his latest goal was a real moment of class.

He collected the ball just beyond the halfway line and ran all the way into the box before dinking an effort over the goalkeeper.

Admittedly, the defending is questionable. But that should not take away from the composure he showed as he went through.

In truth, it remains difficult to see Temenuzhkov doing enough while away to really catch Bielsa’s eye.

But a good loan spell could still prove the perfect springboard to really launch his career – even if his long-term future lies away from Elland Road.

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