Having made headlines in the academy of Liverpool for years, eyes have been on Yan Dhanda since he was a youth player. His silky feet and gliding style on the pitch made him the perfect choice for many teams to try and sign when his time at Anfield came to an end. A move to Swansea City arrived, and he scored the winner on debut. Despite playing from time to time since, though, Dhanda has never truly held down a major starting role within the side. However, he has at times been among the most exciting young players to watch in the Championship – exciting enough to draw interest from afar.
The youngster, who is eligible to play for England as well as India, is seen as a growing star in the modern game. Leeds are interested in signing a player who often impresses when getting a game in Wales, but they are not alone. Interest from abroad – including from development powerhouses Atalanta and RB Leipzig – makes it easy to see what the future might hold for the forward.
Leeds are clearly looking at a talented player; a goalscorer with two good feet, a solid engine, and intelligence about how the game is played. Overall, though, he looks to be a player who would join on more of a rotational role, to begin with. Slight and arguably lacking the physical durability for the Premier League at present, Dhanda would likely be a long-term development plan.
Is Yan Dhanda ready for the Premier League?
Given the standard of the clubs looking in his direction, it would be easy to say yes. The youngster has made an impression on scouts for years, with his blend of technical charm and aggressive pressing making him an interesting talent. He works hard, he has the ability on the ball and is always committed. Physical limitations aside, most believe that Dhanda has the ability technically and tactically to thrive in a flair-based system like the one used at Leeds.
Interest is also coming from other teams in England, including Bournemouth. At 22 years of age, Dhanda has had to wait for a regular chance under Steve Cooper but is slowly making his way to the top of the talent table for Swansea. He has started to play more regularly and has been involved quite a lot during the busy festive period.
The form shown during that run has attracted intrigue from sides across the globe, and we could see some major moves made soon. While his talent is definitely the main reason, some others suggest that the chance for Dhanda to declare for India – instantly becoming the face of the national side in doing so -would be a massive boon for his ability to grow and develop as an international star.
For any club that is interested, though – including Leeds – there is no doubt about just how talented Dhanda is. If he can overcome some of his physical limits, the diminutive star could easily become a regular in the Leeds team should he sign.