Leeds United are one of several teams said to be interested in Linfield midfielder Charlie Allen. The Belfast Telegraph is calling the 15-year-old wonderkid ‘the most wanted player in Northern Ireland football’.
The report names Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester City as keen on the player. Scottish sides Celtic, Rangers, and Aberdeen are also keen.
But could Leeds have a big advantage in who the youngster’s current manager is?
The current boss at Linfield is David Healy, a former Leeds United player.
Healy was a popular figure at Elland Road during his time at the club and would surely have positive things to say about a West Yorkshire switch.
Of course, that could mean Healy might push Allen toward Leeds as a destination.
However, Leeds are not alone in that respect. Healy has also played for interested clubs Manchester United and Rangers.
In fact, he started his career at Old Trafford and is known to be a Rangers fan.
But it was Leeds where Healy always enjoyed himself most. Northern Ireland’s record scorer spent three successful seasons at Elland Road. As reported by the Belfast Telegraph back in 2010, Healy always retained ‘huge affection’ toward Leeds.
“If there was a club I was ever going to go back to play for, it would be Leeds.
“I have huge affection for the club.”
So if Allen goes asking his current manager for advice on where to go after Linfield, LEeds can be sure of a glowing recommendation.