Former Poland youth international Kamil Miazek will leave Leeds United as a free agent when his contract expires on June 30, according to Football Insider.
The 23-year-old has been a part of the club’s academy since October 2017 having moved to West Yorkshire after being released by Chojniczanka Chojnice, but has failed to make the step up from youth-team football to first-team action.
Miazek is yet to play in a senior fixture for United in any competition, despite being named as a substitute on 15 occasions – each coming since Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment to the helm.
Bielsa last named Miazek in one of his matchday teamsheets as we drew 3-3 with Cardiff City on December 14, with the Argentine frequently favouring FC Lorient loanee Illan Meslier over the towering 6 ft 4 Polish shot-stopper.
January arrival Elia Caprile is also now ahead of Miazek in Bielsa’s pecking order, after the 18-year-old was named as Meslier’s back-up against Hull City on Saturday following the Football Association’s late decision to suspend Kiko Casilla.
Miazek is now coming to terms with the fact that his future will not be at Elland Road, where club chiefs are said to be preparing for life without the Feyenoord product despite holding an option to extend his contract until 2021.
Scottish giants Rangers are thought to hold ‘strong’ interest in signing Miazek if he does leave West Yorkshire on a free transfer this summer, and reportedly offered him a contract in January with a view to a move at the end of the term.
Has Bielsa been wrong to ignore Miazek?
News of club chiefs plotting for life without Miazek on the books really ought to come as no surprise given Bielsa’s decision to call up Caprile to the senior fold at Hull on Saturday.
Caprile had yet been listed on a matchday teamsheet since his arrival at the club in January before visiting the KCOM Stadium, and had never made a first-team appearance for boyhood side Chievo Verona before leaving the Serie B outfit for us.
The former Italy U18 international to now be ahead of Miazek in Bielsa’s pecking order speaks volumes for how little the boss values the Polish shot-stopper’s talents, and it would be a surprise if we ever see the 23-year-old in one of our senior teamsheets again, barring any injuries.
In other Leeds United news, a summer free agent has been tipped to earn a new contract at Elland Road.