Leeds United have made an offer for Celtic starlet Matthew Anderson as Graham Smyth drops a major transfer update.
The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist has now revealed that the Whites have made a bid for the 17-year-old, who they want to add to the Thorp Arch ranks this summer.
Smyth added: “The Whites’ first team recruitment will take priority, however, before attention can turn fully to what they need below the senior squad.”
At only 17, Anderson won’t be someone to come straight in to Marcelo Bielsa’s first team and immediately command a place in the Premier League. However, given the kind of player he has been described as, and the rave reviews he has earned, he seems destined for the top.
As per Leeds Live, Anderson is “a dynamic and attack-minded full-back who could provide a real attacking outlet on the Whites left flank for years to come. The Whites, who also hold an interest in another Hoops youngster Leo Hjelde, reportedly feel Anderson could be an invaluable addition the Thorp Arch ranks this summer.”
Blantyre Soccer Academy chief Jimmy Whelan has talked highly of the potential that the teenager has, even comparing him to an already established Premier League star. He said: “It’s fantastic for us as a club, and it’s great to see Matthew doing so well. He really is one to watch, he is the real deal, and could be like Kieran Tierney.”
While big-money signings and high-profile additions will naturally get fans excited, bringing in young talent who could end up being superstars in years to come is a strategy which can capture the imagination too.
As a young, “attack-minded” full-back, the 17-year-old Anderson is the kind of signing which will surely have Bielsa excited at the prospect of moulding him into one of the Premier League’s finest. The Leeds manager must duly be buzzing with Smyth’s latest transfer update.
Meanwhile, Bielsa can finally wave goodbye to this man…