Stuart Dallas has delivered a kind verdict on youngster Alfie McCalmont, who made his first-team debut for Leeds United in mid-week.
The 19-year-old came off the bench for the senior team in the 3-0 win over Salford City in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
He got 20 minutes of action against the League Two opposition and it was the first time he has mixed it with the seniors.
The central midfielder is a highly-rated talent that is on the books at Elland Road and it appears like there may be a path into Marcelo Bielsa’s squad for him.
He kept it simple against Salford on his first-team debut next to Kalvin Phillips in midfield, but there could be a lot more to come from him now he’s had his foot in the door.
Senior Leeds player Dallas has delivered some kinds words on his fellow Northern Irishman and believes he’s a considerable talent.
“He’s a good player. I think you can see from the games he’s played he looks like he’s played for a long time,” Dallas said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“He came and trained with us in the summer with Northern Ireland. Knowing him he’s a good kid and he’s at a place where he’ll get the chance to learn.”
Leeds have become renowned for introducing great young talents in recent times and McCalmont will hope he’s the next off the production line.
The central midfielder has plenty of competition if he is to break into Marcelo Bielsa’s squad, but needs to try make an impression in any cup opportunities and edge closer to the first-team.
He kept in simple in the centre of the park against Salford, but can be encouraged by what teammates such as Phillips, Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton have done in recent times.