Brighton midfielder Marc Leonard wanted by three clubs on loan deal - report
Brighton and Hove Albion could be set to loan out Scottish midfielder Marc Leonard with three clubs showing interest, according to The Mirror’s David Anderson.
The 20-year-old Scottish Under-21 international has played just two games of senior football in his career but that could change with teams in three different nations leading the race to sign him for the 2022-23 season.
Wycombe Wanderers are the only English side mentioned by Anderson, via his personal Twitter account, but the league in which they will be playing is as yet undecided as they have made it to the League One playoff final.
FC Utrecht provides the Dutch interest in Leonard’s services after an impressive year for the Seagulls’ academy while Brondby are keen to take the Scot to Denmark next season.
Leonard was in the Brighton side for two Carabao Cup games this season and made the bench on another occasion in the Premier League but he hasn’t got close to being a regular at the Amex.
A loan move to anywhere will be a fantastic move for Leonard as long as he will get a good amount of game time which is exactly what he needs right now.
At 20 years of age, there isn’t really anything left for him to learn or develop from by playing academy football no matter how good he becomes at it and this has to be the next step.
They are three very different prospects too with Wycombe offering the chance to learn while remaining in England, albeit at least one division lower than the Seagulls.
But both Utrecht and Brondby can potentially teach him things Wycombe can’t and the chance to play in top tier leagues on the continent might just sway him towards a move abroad.
Brondby is the best place he could go of the three suggested as they are a potentially title-challenging side in Denmark and that would be a great thing to have on his CV when he returns to Brighton at the end of next season.
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