Leeds United’s Under-23 side took another big step towards promotion to the top tier of Premier League 2 football on Friday afternoon as Mark Jackson’s side beat Wolves 2-0 – and Leeds fans are raving about 17-year-old talent Charlie Allen.
The Whites came into the match knowing that they would go 13 points clear at the top of the division, though Stoke do now have two games in hand. The scored two early goals, through Spain international Rodrigo on his return from injury.
Rodrigo produced an excellent finish for the first after a well-worked free-kick – Stuart McKinstry with the assist. Max Dean then won a penalty, and Rodrigo duly obliged. Rodrigo and Gaetano Berardi went off after 45 minutes.
On came Sam Greenwood and Ian Poveda, who have also had injuries of late. But the scoreline remained 2-0, taking Leeds to within touching distance of promotion. But it was 17-year-old Allen that caught the eye of many supporters on social media.
Signed only last summer, it was Allen’s seventh appearance for the 23’s but he was excellent. Work rate, quality on the ball, and the ability to composure in tricky situations saw him shine head and shoulders above his teammates.
Leeds fans raved about the five-time Northern Ireland Under-17 star, on Twitter.
One of them games from Charlie Allen that would make a brilliant highlight reel on Youtube. Think the Wolves players had enough by the end, MOTM performance. Looks a lot stronger than he did when he first joined. #LUFC pic.twitter.com/w4Jp5ueBCC
— FocusOnLeeds (@FocusOnLeeds) March 5, 2021
Charlie Allen looking lit today
— All Stats Aren't We (@AllStatsArentWe) March 5, 2021
The boy Charlie Allen can play a bit. Ex-Linfield I believe. Certainly looks a prospect.
— Gerry Johnston (@gjsportsblog) March 5, 2021
Best player on the pitch I thought, kept it nice and tidy in there.
— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) March 5, 2021
Liking the look of Charlie Allen #lufc
— Irish_Leeds (@Irish_Leeds) March 5, 2021
Under 23s outstanding, again. Charlie Allen MOM. Brilliant performance! Word for Elia Caprile. He gets better every game. His distribution has improved tenfold as the season has progressed 👍🏻 #lufc
— Mark Hollings (@markydh) March 5, 2021
the sort of player Bielsa loves – never stopped running and reads the game well
— Lyle Carleton (@chirpy444) March 5, 2021