Cian Coleman one to watch for Leeds fans as U18s ace stars in 8-2 win v MK Dons

Leeds United Under-18s progressed to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night with an 8-2 hammering of MK Dons at York City’s LNER Community Stadium.

Leeds were helped by the away side being reduced to 10 men in the first half but that shouldn’t take anything away from what was a rampant performance by the young Whites.

One player who stood out was 16-year-old Cian Coleman, who was the youngest player on the pitch on Wednesday.

Coleman scored and assisted a goal for the Leeds youngsters and became just the fourth schoolboy to play for the Whites in the FA Youth Cup in the last six seasons. Before him, there was Jamie Shackleton, Nohan Kenneh and Kris Moore.

Coleman is certainly one for Leeds fans to watch out for.

The young midfielder, who can qualify to play for the Republic of Ireland, has made six appearances in the Under-18s Premier League for Leeds this term.

At the age of just 15, he was named on the bench for the Under-21s when they lost to Accrington Stanley’s first-team in the EFL Trophy back in September.

According to Lufcyouth, an expert Twitter account on the Leeds academy, Coleman is “very highly rated in the academy and has flourished in a number of positions over the last 12 months, most recently in centre midfield.”

Leeds fans have always been proud of the quality of talent produced by their academy and while Coleman has not long turned 16-years-old, he’s definitely someone with a promising future ahead of him.

Keep an eye on the young midfielder, Leeds fans. Based on recent players who’s played in the FA Youth Cup as a schoolboy for Leeds, it won’t be long before he’s breaking into the Under-23s squad and even staking a claim for the first-team.

In other Leeds United news, Ben Parker was blown away by one of Coleman’s “superb” team-mates in the 8-2 win over MK Dons.