Kun Temenuzhkov


Dzhoshkun Temenuzhkov Mihaylov (Bulgarian: Джошкун Теменужков Михайлов; born 1 February 2000), known simply as Kun Temenuzhkov (Bulgarian: Кун Теменужков) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League side Leeds United, and Bulgaria U21's.[2]

Kun Temenuzhkov
Personal information
Full name Dzhoshkun Temenuzhkov Mihaylov[1]
Date of birth (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 21)
Place of birth Haskovo, Bulgaria
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Youth career
2007–2009 Fraga
2009–2012 Lleida
2012–2014 UE Bordeta
2014–2017 Barcelona
2017–2020 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Leeds United 0 (0)
2020La Nucía (loan) 2 (0)
2020–2021Real Unión (loan) 19 (3)
National team
2016 Bulgaria U16 3 (1)
2016–2017 Bulgaria U17 4 (2)
2017–2018 Bulgaria U18 2 (0)
2018–2019 Bulgaria U19 2 (0)
2019– Bulgaria U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:46, 23 May 2021 (UTC)

Temenuzhkov joined Leeds United in July 2017 from the FC Barcelona youth program.

Club career


Youth career

Born in Haskovo, Temenuzhkov emigrated to Fraga, Spain, with his parents and four elder siblings at the age of a year and half.[3][4] He started his youth career in local teams, before joining Barcelona in 2014 after being recommended by former Spain international Guillermo Amor.[5]

In 2017, Temenuzhkov featured in The Guardian's '60 of the best young talents in world football' list, with him likened to footballer Luis Suárez.[6]

Leeds United

He joined English side Leeds United's academy in July 2017.[7]

Temenuzhkov featured regularly for Carlos Corberán's Leeds United Under 23's side over the course of the 2018–19 season, showing his versatility by playing as a striker and in attacking midfield,[8] that won the PDL Northern League 2018–19 Season by winning the league, they then became the national Professional Development League Champions by beating Birmingham City in the final.[9]

He made his professional first team debut on 6 January 2019 during a 2–1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the FA Cup, as a 79th-minute substitute for Tom Pearce.[10]

On 24 September 2019 Kun, together with 4 other Leeds U23s players, penned contract extensions.[11][12]

Loan Moves

On 30 January 2020 Kun joined La Nucía on loan until the end of the 2019–20 season.[13] However the Spanish professional football season was paused in March 2020 due to Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on association football.

On 5 August 2020, after Leeds' promotion to the Premier League,[14] Kun joined Spanish Segunda División B – Group 2 side Real Unión on loan until the end of the 2020–21 season.[15] He ended the season with 3 goals in 19 league matches and on 21 May 2021 he confirmed he would return to Leeds and fight for his place in the team.[16]

International career


Background

Temenuzhkov is eligible to represent his country of birth, Bulgaria and Spain, the country he lived since a child.[6]

Bulgaria youth team

Temenuzhkov has represented Bulgaria on all youth levels. In an interview for TF Methods on 16 May 2019 Kun announced that he had been called up to the Bulgaria U21 for the training camp in Kyiv and that his only desire is to play for Bulgaria on international level.[3] He made his debut for the team on 3 June 2019 in a 1–1 draw against Israel U21.[17]

Career statistics


Club

As of match played 26 March 2021[2]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Leeds United 2018–19 Championship 0010000010
2019–20 0000000000
Total 001000000010
La Nucía (loan) 2019–20 Segunda División B 20000020
Real Unión (loan) 2020–21 1530000153
Career total 17310000000183

References


  1. "Club list of registered players: As at 18th May 2019: Leeds United" (PDF). English Football League. p. 17. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  2. "Bulgaria – K. Temenuzhkov – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  3. 'I will be forever grateful to La Masia & Barca for helping me become the player I’m today'
  4. Кун Теменужков – осиновен от треньора си заради страховита мизерия
  5. Кой е Джошкун Теменужков Михайлов от "Барселона" Копирано от standartnews.com
  6. "Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football". The Guardian. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. "Transfer Talk: Barcelona wonderkids heading to Leeds United". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  8. "'True leader' – Leeds under-23 captain Hugo Diaz impresses the fans once again". The Boot Room. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  9. "Carlos Corberan on what the future can hold for Leeds United's PDL champions". YEP. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  10. "QPR 2–1 Leeds United". BBC Sport. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  11. Leeds United hand Under-23s trio improved deals to extend Elland Road stay
  12. TRIO PEN NEW DEALS
  13. Kun Temenuzhkov joins CF La Nucía on loan - Leeds United
  14. "Leeds United are champions!". Leeds United F.C. 18 July 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  15. Kun Temenuzhkov confirms loan exit ahead of crunch summer at Leeds
  16. България U21 загуби с дузпи от Израел и ще спори за третото място на турнира "Валери Лобановски"