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Leeds United: Conor McGilligan stunned by recent links to Charles De Ketelaere

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Leeds United have now been linked with a potential move for their summer transfer target Charles De Ketelaere amid his struggles at AC Milan. 

And presenter Conor McGilligan has been left stunned by the response from some sections of the Leeds fanbase who are not sounding too keen on the potential signing.

According to TeamTalk, the Yorkshire club have asked Milan to keep them informed of their intentions to keep or offload the young Belgian.

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The 21-year-old has endured somewhat of a difficult transition to Serie A football in which he has made just five starts in the league and racked up 575 minutes of action (via Transfermarkt).

Amid his struggles, McGilligan has admitted the reaction of some of the Leeds fans has been slightly odd considering how much they wanted him to sign in the summer:

“Now De Ketelaere hasn’t had the best start at AC Milan, but I think most vexing me a little bit about this whole thing is when Leeds were in for him, all of our fans, you know, were very, very hyped up on Charles De Ketelaere. And you’re talking about him being probably the best young prodigy in the world.

“But suddenly because he’s not a great start at AC Milan, he’s a flop. He’s you know, he’s useless and this isn’t just Leeds fans saying this by the way. I just find it incredible how football fans write off a talent after bigging them up so much. It’s staggering to me.”

TIF Thoughts on McGilligan’s comments…

We have to agree with McGilligan’s take on this when you consider the large majority of the Belgian’s football has come as a substitute for Milan.

Would you take De Ketelaere in January?

Yes

Yes

No

No

At the age of just 21, it would be incredibly unfair to expect him to come on and suddenly start scoring goals and providing assists.

In his first league start for Milan, he did exactly that in providing an assist in his 61-minute display to help the reigning champions to a 1-0 win.

With Leeds struggling towards the bottom end of the table, perhaps an initial loan could help the Belgian rediscover the form he showed for Club Brugge which earned him the move in the summer.

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