MOT View: Leeds 19y/o could be next in line for first team after shining int'l display
The under-23s squad has been a rich source of players for Leeds United ever since Marcelo Bielsa arrived at Elland Road.
A number of different faces have made the leap into the first team, with the likes of Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton making a real impact for the Whites.
The academy may not have been as strong this season, recently losing 7-1 against Derby County, but that hasn’t deterred Bielsa from naming a number of the youngsters on the bench.
Alfie McCalmont has not yet managed to make his senior debut in the Championship. That doesn’t mean he isn’t catching the eye though.
The young midfielder impressed in pre-season against the likes of York City and has continued that on the international scene.
We were given a taster of what to expect from McCalmont during the break. Northern Ireland posted a video of his screamer for the Under-21s against Hungary on their official Twitter account.
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) November 14, 2019
Leeds fans were thrilled, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see his name in the matchday squad against Luton Town next time out.
Watching the 19-year-old in the under-23s recent 1-1 draw against Burnley, it is easy to see the influence Kalvin Phillips has had on his game.
McCalmont sits at the base of midfield and is expected to not only protect the defence but also starts attacks from his deeper role.
He’s comfortable on the ball and has the versatility to play further up the pitch if needed
As the season goes on, Leeds will pick up injuries and McCalmont could be the beneficiary of Championship game-time. We don’t think he’ll look out of place.
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