Leeds United starlet Charlie Allen could be on for big things at Elland Road with The Guardian naming the teenager among its list of next-gen talents to keep an eye on.
Allen is named alongside 19 other players as the top players born between September 2003 and August 2004, putting them in the bracket of first-year scholars within the game.
The report states that Allen is already on the radar of Marcelo Bielsa and his coaching team, who have already given him the squad number of 70, just in case they decide to thrust him into the action at any point this term.
Described as a player who ‘can play anywhere and still be the best player on the pitch’ by Jim Magilton, Allen could well get his chance in the coming seasons despite being only 16-years-old.
Two-footed and velcro-like touch
The report goes on to explain just what else Leeds fans can expect from Allen if and when he gets his chance.
“Two-footed, blessed with adhesive close control, impressive vision, passing range and finishing ability, he is a Northern Ireland under-18 international.”
Those comments, coupled with Magilton’s admission about Allen’s ability to play anywhere across the pitch, should stand him in good stead for the future.
He is officially listed as a midfielder or forward. Given that, the teenager may never have a better opportunity to learn than he has at the moment at Elland Road, with fine attacking players like Pablo Hernandez, Matheusz Klich, and Jack Harrison just three of the fine forward thinking players on the books for Leeds.
The youngster will hope to get a chance and follow in the footsteps of recent graduates like Jamie Shackleton, Alfie McAlmont, and Leif Davis.