Ben Parker has told LS11 Podcast that he was extremely impressed with Jeremiah Mullen as Leeds United’s under-23s beat Burnley 4-1 on Monday.
Mark Jackson’s side were looking for another win as they look to strengthen their grip on top spot in their Premier League 2 table.
It was also important to restore some of the positivity lost over the weekend as the first-team were beaten by Crawley in the FA Cup. Of course, that game saw a number of youngsters included in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.
That presented an opportunity to some of those Jackson is yet to use regularly this season. And Mullen was one of those to come into the side.
The 16-year-old started alongside Charlie Cresswell at the heart of the defence. And he went on to produce a very good performance. He looked confident in possession, and he dealt with the tough conditions extremely well.
And following the game, Parker suggested that Mullen gave a very good account of himself.
“Young Mullen came in at centre-half. He’s a player who we snapped up from Liverpool, predominantly he’s been with the under-18s. Only a young lad,” he told LS11.
“I thought he did ever so well with Cresswell. Nohan Kenneh played kind of as part of a back three, pushing into midfield for the second-half.”
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Mullen may set his sights on more game-time for the under-23s moving forward. The win saw him make only his second appearance of the season for Jackson’s men.
Leeds do appear to have plenty of depth in their youth ranks in defence. And Jackson will be wary of rushing Mullen.
But his performance certainly hinted that the teenager is destined to become a much more regular fixture in the under-23s in the coming months and years.