In this Series, we will be taking an in depth look at a portion of Birmingham City players, today’s profile is of young English attacker, Jonathan Leko.
Jon Leko had an incredibly underwhelming first season for Blues last year and was swamped with criticism from supporters.
The 22 year old forward went the whole of the 2020/21 campaign without a goal and struggled to impress at Blues.
There are lots of reasons why last season was so poor for Jon, the fact he had just recovered from a substantial injury, or his very young age are both valid reasons for last term’s performances.
Leko, who can play anywhere in the front 3, bases his game off of his electric pace, energy and occasional flair. He is taller than most wingers which also means he is able to compete aerially.
Age = 22
Position = Natural – RW, Can Play – LW, ST
Last Season Rating = 6.26
Nationality = English
Height = 6ft
Foot = Right
Academy = West Brom
Strengths = Pace, Flair, Potential
Weaknesses = First touch, Aggression, Decision Making
Caps = 0
September 2015 – Leko made his professional debut in the last 10 minutes of a cup tie defeat against Norwich.
April 2016 – Leko made his Premier League debut, again coming on for the last 10 minutes. He was only 16 years old for this match. He then went on to become the first player born in 1999 to start a premier League match when he played against West Ham at the end of the month.
May 2016 – Leko received West Brom’s Young Player of The Season award and signed a new 3 year deal.
2016/17 – Leko made just 9 appearances for the West Brom first team in this campaign, but did pick up a Player of the Month award in PL2. He was also one of the 98 nominations for the European Golden Boy award in 2017.
August 2017 – Leko went out on loan to Bristol City, but was recalled six months later after 11 goalless appearances. .
2018/19 – Leko rarely featured this season and was scheduled to go back out on loan.
August 2019 – The loan move that put Leko on the map took Place. He moved to Charlton for the season, and started excellently. He scored his first competitive goal against Reading and went on to get 5 in 21 matches for the Addocks.
December 2019 – Leko’s dream season came crashing down, when he suffered an ACL injury that ruled him out for the rest of that season.
2020/21 – Leko signed for Birmingham City for a few of £1 million pounds. He featured for the Blues regularly, but went the season goalless and and had a disappointing campaign.
Career Stats (Stats for Birmingham):
Apps = 92 (35)
Goals = 7 (0)
Assists = 5 (0)
Successful Dribbles Per game = 1.4
Pass Completion % = 79%
2020/21 Shots/Shots on Target = 23/2
How will he do next season?:
Despite a poor first season at St.Andrews I think that with a full pre-season under Bowyer and having fully recovered from his injury, we will see a much improved Jonathan Leko next season.
There is very little chance he will set the league on fire, however I can see Jon getting 5+ goals next season and making a real difference off the bench.
Next time we will be taking a look at French Right back Maxime Colin.