Leeds United look to have confirmed the signing of young goalkeeper Rory Mahady.
In a recent post on Twitter, LUFC Youth revealed that the Whites have now confirmed the signing of the Celtic goalkeeper on a two-year scholarship deal, having been heavily linked with a move for the 16-year-old over the course of the summer transfer window.
In their post, LUFC Youth said:
“LUFC have completed the signing of Scotland U17s goalkeeper Rory Mahady from Celtic. The 16-year-old has joined on a two-year scholarship and will link up with the U18s.”
In a further post on his personal Instagram account (via Leeds Live), the teenager also confirmed his departure from the Parkhead side, writing on Sunday:
“Today I have officially left Celtic. Just want to say a massive thank you to the players and staff for the last nine years. It was a pleasure, wishing everyone the best of luck for the future.”
Considering the sheer amount of interest in the services of Mahady this summer – with Football Scotland reporting back in May that both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City were also keen to tie up a deal for the Celtic sensation – Victor Orta’s signing of the shot-stopper very much appears to be something of a huge coup for the Whites.
Indeed, while Mahady is yet to make a senior appearance in his career to date – something that is not exactly unusual for a 16-year-old goalkeeper – it would appear as if there is a great deal of hype surrounding the Scotland U17 international – with Scottish journalist Mark Hendry dubbing the ‘keeper a “starlet” back in November of last year.
And, considering how well Orta’s acquisition of another largely inexperienced and unknown goalkeeper in the shape of Illan Meslier has panned out for Jesse March’s side thus far, it would appear as if the Spaniard knows a young talent between the sticks when he sees one.
Indeed, following his £5m signing in the summer of 2020, the France U21 international was one of the Whites’ standout performers in his debut campaign in the top flight of English football, keeping 11 clean sheets and making an average of four saves per game – the second-most in the division – over his 35 Premier League appearances in 2020/21.
These returns saw the 22-year-old – who now has a market valuation of £43m – average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.13, ranking him as Leeds’ fourth-best performer in the top flight that season – form which has seen the Frenchman attract the interest of clubs such as Manchester United.
As such, while Mahady undoubtedly has a long way to go before he is competing with the former FC Lorient starlet for the Whites’ number one shirt, considering his growing reputation in the game and the fact that a number of elite-level clubs were extremely interested in his signature this summer, it would very much appear as if Orta could have unearthed his next Meslier in the Scottish sensation.