Leeds United Under-18 star Charlie Allen trained with the first team ahead of Sunday’s clash against Manchester United.
✨ Great to see 17-year-old Charlie Allen training with the first team ahead of this weekend’s game against Manchester United!
– LUFC Youth (@leedsutdacademy) April 23, 2021
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have ensured Premier League safety ahead of next season, but they are keen to finish comfortably in the top half of the table.
Despite this, the Argentine head coach could give academy players a few minutes of play in the coming weeks.
Allen appears to be in the frame after impressing at the youth level this quarter. The 17-year-old has also competed in Premier League 2, the EFL Trophy and the FA Youth Cup.
He was rewarded with his first Under-19 summons to Northern Ireland at the last international break and is one to watch.
Athletic’s Phil Hay praised the young striker after his signing, telling Leeds fans to be careful of him.
“Watch out for Leeds new signing Charlie Allen, a Linfield forward – he’s only 16, but people can’t say enough,” Hay said on The Athletic.
Hay has also talked a lot about the teenager in one of his podcasts.
“So they have Charlie Allen from Linfield, the 16-year-old striker who, looking at him, already looks like he has a man’s body for a boy’s brain,” he said. last on The Athletic’s The Phil Hay Show. year.
“He was very, very popular in Northern Ireland and in many clubs [were] for him, and I know that, without being disrespectful to anyone else that comes, I know this was one of the deals that Leeds were desperate to make for the academy, they saw this as a real priority.
“I am told that he trained with the [Under] 18 years old and already looks very, very impressive, and I think, despite his age, the plan will be to try and get him in with the [Under] 23 years old as much as possible.
Leeds are currently 10th in the Premier League table after collecting 46 points in 32 games.
They are seven points behind the Europa League places, and a victory against the Red Devils on Sunday will make them dream of qualifying for European football.
In other news, this report explains how the Premier League reacted to the Leeds players’ protest against Liverpool.