After seeing Kalvin Phillips develop into the bona-fide star and England international that he is now, there will be those at Leeds United eagerly anticipating the next real breakout star from the club’s Thorp Arch academy.
And 18-year-old Nohan Kenneh could well be the starlet to really emerge on the scene for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and it’s safe to say he’s already modelling himself on some really top players.
He said: “Currently I look up to Kalvin Phillips as (we) both play in a similar position, but I occasionally watch videos of Patrick Vieira for his qualities in midfield.”
Phil Hay described him as “supremely gifted” for The Athletic, and he’s earned three caps for England’s U17s side. Capable of playing in holding midfield as well as further back in central defence, at 6 foot 2, Kenneh’s certainly got the physical attributes to develop into a Premier League-ready player.
Describing himself as someone who is “aggressive and hard-working who likes to break down play”, but also liking “getting forward and scoring long range goals”, Kenneh seems like he’d be a perfect fit for Bielsa as either a holding midfielder or someone who can get up and down the pitch in a more box-to-box role.
Given that the Whites only have Pascal Struijk who could potentially fill in that Phillips role, bringing Kenneh into the fold would give them an added option in a vital part of the pitch.
An opportunity is all that a young player needs, and as Bielsa looks to ensure his squad look fresh until the very end of the Premier League season, giving Kenneh some minutes could see him stumble onto a future star.
They’ve already seen Phillips grow into an integral part of Leeds’ recent success. Kenneh could follow a similar path too.