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Leeds: Jesse Marsch could strike gold by unearthing Charlie Allen

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has proven that he is willing to offer opportunities to young players from the academy in the Premier League.

He has handed first-team minutes to the likes of Crysencio Summerville, Sam Greenwood, and Joe Gelhardt as they have all played their part in the top-flight so far this season but they are not the only talented youngsters on the books at Thorp Arch.

One player who has caught the eye for the under-21 side this season is Northern Irish central midfielder Charlie Allen and he is someone Marsch could strike gold with.

The 18-year-old gem recently impressed in the EFL Trophy against Bolton in spite of the team losing the game 3-0. He was a shining light in the middle of the park as he won seven of his 12 duels and made five tackles, three interceptions, and two clearances, whilst also creating one chance – as per SofaScore.

Allen is an under-21 international for Northern Ireland and has been a regular in Leeds’ under-21’s since the start of last season – playing 32 matches at that level.

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He is a central midfielder by trade but Jim Magilton previously hailed the gem’s versatility, saying:

“Charlie is one of those kids you can play anywhere and he’ll probably still be the best player on the pitch. He can play right back, central midfield, on either wing, at No10 or at centre forward.”

This indicates that he can play in a multitude of roles for Marsch in the Premier League, which could boost the teenager’s chances of making the step up to the first-team as there are a number of positions that he could fill in for – including in midfield.

Patrick Van Dort, who is the deputy sports editor for JPIMedia, also heaped praise on the youngster in the past. The reporter said:

“He doesn’t try to do too much, he doesn’t get flustered on the ball, speaking to team-mates they trust him.

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“Fans have compared him to [ex-Chelsea youngster] Billy Gilmour in terms of playing style, he’s got game intelligence and at first-team level for Linfield he’s been disciplined.

“People say he’s a dream to coach, a good listener and ticks the boxes you’d expect of someone so highly rated.”

These quotes suggest that he is someone Marsch would enjoy working with on the training pitch, as he is willing to learn and improve so that he can progress as a player.

Therefore, the Leeds head coach could strike gold with Allen as he is a talented midfield enforcer with the scope to grow and develop over time. He has the mentality required to make it to the top and it is now down to him to prove that he has the quality to go alongside that, with his recent performance against Bolton indicating that he has the potential to do that.