Why has Leeds prodigy Mateusz Bogusz gone to Spain on loan?
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Why has Leeds prodigy Mateusz Bogusz gone to Spain on loan?

Mateusz Bogusz moved on loan to Spanish side UD Logrones on deadline day as the Polish wonderkid looks to gain regular game time – but why has the Leeds United youngster gone to Spain, when the perfect opportunity remained in England?

Bogusz, 19, is clearly one of the most-exciting products in the Leeds Under-23 side currently. So much so, that the attacking midfielder has already broken into Marcelo Bielsa’s side on three occasions – playing in the defeat to Hull earlier this term.

He scored in the pre-season trip to Australia last summer, and is renowned for his creativity and technical abilities. He certainly has a future at Elland Road, with the Poland Under-21 international boasting a contract until 2023.

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A loan move was the right decision this summer. Playing for the Under-23 side – even in Premier League 2 – was not going to improve Bogusz given he has surpassed that level. He needs senior football, and he has moved to Spain’s second tier.

The Whites have sent a number of their players to Spanish clubs over the past few years – with Victor Orta sanctioning moves given his connections in Spain. But Bogusz has so much more potential, than recent examples.

Kun Temenuzhkov and Rafa Mujica have gone on loan to Spain from Leeds this summer. Four Under-23 stars left the club permanently to join lower-league Spanish outfits last term. Who can forget the partnership with Cultural Leonesa, in which both Ouasim Buoy and Yosuke Ideguchi were made to endure.

Bogusz is better than that list, and had another option.

South London press journalist Richard Cawley claimed Lee Bowyer wanted Bogusz at Charlton. Yes, it would have seen Bogusz go to the third tier of English football – but surely that move would have been so much better?

Firstly, he would have remained in England and under the watchful eye of club and fans alike. Moving to Spain’s lower leagues sees Bogusz go off the radar somewhat. Secondly, he would have worked under Bowyer.

Bowyer knows what it is like to play for Leeds and his advice would have been crucial, if Bogusz harbours any aspiration of breaking into the senior Leeds side. Orta and Leeds have missed a trick, in sending Bogusz to Spain – over Bowyer.

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