Leeds United is giving some of its young players the much-needed regular game experience they need by embracing the January transfer window.
Earlier this week, Darko Gyabi became the first U21 player to seal a move when he signed a contract to play for Championship team Plymouth Argyle, Leeds’ FA Cup fourth-round opponent, for the remainder of the season.
In his news conference on Thursday, Farke mentioned Gyabi’s need to go play football, which is disappointing because Gyabi had wanted to make a breakthrough this season.
Two additional players, Lewis Bate and Leo Hjelde, may depart before the end of the month, but at this point, defender Kris Moore appears to be the most likely to leave.
The 20-year-old is attracting the attention of Scottish Premiership team Hibernian, who even gave him the opportunity to participate in a friendly earlier this week. Manager Nick Montgomery has provided more information in an interview with the Daily Record.
Hibs examining Moore of Leeds
“Kris Moore, the young defender from Leeds, is being evaluated,” he declared. With Lewis Miller out and only having young Rory otherwise, I didn’t think we had enough players to attend the camp, so it was a nice chance to check him out at right-back. It was also beneficial for him and Kanayo to get some playing time.
Moore has played a lot for Leeds’ U21 squad this season, but he is getting to the age where playing in the first team is essential to his growth.
Moore, who rose through the ranks as a center-back, has spent a lot of time playing right-back this season. Hibs are reportedly looking to add a right-back to the team, as Chris Cadden is out with an Achilles injury and Lewis Miller was selected for Australia’s Asian Cup squad.
Although Hibs’ interest in Moore was originally mentioned on the second day of the transfer window, it seems that they would prefer to give him a thorough evaluation before making an official statement.
Moore needs the loan transfer badly, so perhaps he can do well enough to secure it and launch his professional career.