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Staying at Hearts is best option for Leeds United linked Harry Cochrane

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Staying at Hearts is best option for Leeds United linked Harry Cochrane

The 16-year-old has had a brilliant breakthrough campaign at Hearts this season.

Leeds United were seemingly in the hunt for Hearts midfielder Harry Cochrane this summer.

The 16-year-old was apparently a target for Leeds as well as Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion, according to the Scottish Sun.

But the news this week suggests Cochrane is going nowhere.

According to the Scottish Sun, the teenager is set to sign a contract extension at Hearts, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2020.

Such a move would be the wise choice for the immensely talented midfielder.

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Leeds United have a history of bringing through young players so, on the one hand, Cochrane could not pick a better team to join.

That said, at just 16 years of age, playing in the Championship looks a very unlikely scenario.

Considering the current influx of players into the under-23s under Victor Orta’s reign, Cochrane would have a battle on his hands to play regularly at that level.

Whilst Leeds have struggled in centre-midfield this season, summer improvements are likely. If Leeds bring in experienced options in the heart of midfield then Cochrane is again likely to miss out on playing regular first-team football.

Staying at Hearts is a far more sensible option. The teenager has played 16 times in the league for the Edinburgh side this season and that highlights how highly rated he is at Tynecastle.

Moving to Leeds would see him move into a youth team. Staying at Hearts will see the Scot playing regularly at a first-team level.

As tempting as a move to England – with a club the size of Leeds – must be, remaining at Hearts and playing on a regular basis is easily the best career choice for this precocious talent.

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