Date: 9th July 2019 at 6:22am
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It shaped up to be a strange Monday for Leeds United fans as given the boost everyone took from the arrival of Helder Costa, the departure of Pontus Jansson did burst a few bubbles and we also saw another young talent depart in the shape of Liam Kitching.

The 19-year-old Academy graduate spent the last 18 months out on loan with Harrogate Town gaining good game time and showing a decent eye for a goal with seven to his name according to Soccerbase.

Whilst Kitching probably wasn’t a lad on the lips of many as we look to next season and a desire to go one step further in the chase for promotion, plenty thought a permanent deal with Forest Green Rovers (undisclosed fee) was strangely timed given the departures already this summer of Aapo Halme (Barnsley), Paudie O’Connor (Bradford) and Hugo Diaz (released).

Whilst I understand the lack of strength argument at the back, if we decided Halme and Diaz weren’t the answers after their impressive Under 23 campaign, with no slight meant to Kitching, non league football at 19 wouldn’t have him on Marcelo Bielsa’s radar and we all know how many Under 23 games he took in as he assessed players for the futures.

If we felt the lad wouldn’t make the step up with us, it’s only fair to get some cash back into the club and let him take his opportunity elsewhere as it simply means he wasn’t in first team contention, so it’s not a loss.

Hopefully, we get a lift soon in the shape of new contracts or some reassuring signings.

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