Max Dean has signed his first professional contract and that is fantastic news for Leeds United moving forward.
The striker turned 17 only last month but he has already made great strides for the Under-23s and looks to be yet another excellent talent to come through the academy.
He is aiming to challenge the places of Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood in Mark Jackson’s team and is going about things the right way.
He’s already earned himself a two-year deal.
Dean has four goals in eight Premier League two games, and two in two in the EFL trophy.
If Greenwood or Gelhardt are promoted to the first-team next season we expect Dean to become a central player for the Under-23s – after that, the sky is the limit.
He has already impressed for that team and in a match against Middlesbrough in February he showed what he has to offer.
Dean got on the scoresheet and, according to journalist Joe Donnohue, he outplayed senior Boro striker Ashley Fletcher.
Also, Donnohue praised Dean’s “tenacity” and the instinct he displayed to get his goal.
It is those attributes that should serve him well in the future, as well as learning from Bamford, Gelhardt, Greenwood and Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds Under-23s train regularly with the first-team and while Dean is behind Gelhardt and Greenwood, his time will come.
Dean is holding his own alongside Gelhardt and Greenwood, and has proved to be an adept finisher. Gaining first-team experience could be valuable.
If Gelhardt or Greenwood are loaned out or heavily involved with the senior team we expect Marcelo Bielsa to invite Dean to train with the first-team now and again.
Picking up things from Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo will help Dean understand more about playing as a striker and learn what it takes to succeed at Leeds.
If Dean continues to work hard and use this contract as motivation to get better we could have a real star on our hands and we are excited to see what the future holds.
In other Leeds United news, Bamford has shared his fitness troubles since playing against Fulham.