Leeds United have completed the signing of highly-rated youngster Oliver Sarkic from Portuguese outfit Benfica for an undisclosed fee, with the forward putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal, the club has confirmed.
Back in September, the 20-year-old arrived on loan from the Estadio da Luz until the end of December and has impressed sufficiently to earn a permanent move to the Yorkshire club.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) January 11, 2018
Whilst Sarkic is yet to be handed his first-team debut by Whites boss Thomas Christiansen, he has become a mainstay in Leedsâ€™ under-23 side and got his name on the scoresheet for Carlos Corberanâ€™s men during Thursdayâ€™s thrilling 4-3 victory over Hull City.
The forward, who featured 44 times for the Benfica â€˜Bâ€™ team, has also represented his country, Montenegro at various youth levels and is currently an under-21 international, for whom he has scored three times in his seven appearances.
Sarkic took to Twitter to express his delight at completing his move to Elland Road and Leeds fans were quick to welcome the promising forward to the club with many believing that the former Benfica man has what it takes to earn a first-team call-up from Christiansen.
Here are some of the best tweets:
Youâ€™ve been playing very well for the u23s so keep working hard and your chance will come ðŸ‘ðŸ»
— Ryan Pinnick (@RPlufc93) January 11, 2018
Good luck Oli. Remember side before self. Give your all every game is all we ask for.
— Tony D. (@tonypdickinson) January 11, 2018
Hopefully in and around the first team soon #mot
— ðŸ‡¸ðŸ‡ªðŸ‡¸ðŸ‡ªðŸ‡¸ðŸ‡ª (@ThatBigSwede) January 11, 2018
Welcome @sarkic10……good start today scoring for the U23â€™s MOT
— Liam Seviour (@LiamSeviour) January 11, 2018
All the best Oliver,looking forward to seeing you in the first team.MOR/ALAW
— Donna@LS11 (@DonnaL75) January 11, 2018
Congratulations and keep tbe hard work up MOT
— Gary Meadows (@garylufc1919) January 11, 2018
Well done lad. Talent, learning and working hard could make you a star at Leeds. Get that crowd behind you and you will feel 10 feet tall.ðŸ˜€
— Balloon Door (@aclr1972) January 11, 2018
Wellcome to Leeds United all fans ask is try hard…show passion for the club and you will be ðŸ’• couple of goals might help too! ðŸ˜†
— Robert Smith (@RobertS66021134) January 11, 2018
Welcome to @LUFC letâ€™s see you banging some goals asp mot
— Independent Coffee Services (@icscoffee) January 11, 2018
Oliver Sarkic signs,future looking bright MOT. pic.twitter.com/yKXFtq8AFa
— Roger Cartwright (@rogercart57) January 11, 2018