Leeds United have spent the last few years signing a plethora of young players who they hope will come good in the near future.
The likes of Rafa Mujica and Guille Amor both came from Barcelona last year, while Tyler Roberts has been making waves in the first-team after joining from West Bromwich Albion.
However, despite having players from the likes of Barcelona in their youth setup, Phil Hay believes that there is a 16 year-old recently brought in from Linfield that everyone should be looking out for.
The journalist was answering fans’ queries in his column on The Athletic, and one supporter wanted to know his view on the next breakout star in Leeds’ youth set-up.
The reporter wrote a detailed answer namedropping the likes of Pascal Struijk and Stuart McKinstry as two players with the potential to make a breakthrough, but he signed off his reply with an interesting comment on Charlie Allen.
“Look out for Leeds’ new signing Charlie Allen, a striker from Linfield. He’s only 16 but people can’t speak highly enough of him,” Hay wrote.
There’s very little for us to go off in terms of judging Allen’s potential ability as he’s only played a handful of first-team games and they’re in Northern Ireland, but if a 16-year-old is being raved about that is incredibly exciting.
A striker is something Leeds have desperately been lacking for some time now, and if Allen can come through and make an impact in the coming years, not only could he be a great asset in the team, but he could save the club millions in the transfer market chasing the right attacker.
Fingers crossed the people Hay has spoken to are right about this young man.