By Dave Woods

7th Nov, 2019 | 8:17am

Exclusive: Leeds keep tabs on Ayr United sensation

Leeds United are keeping tabs on rising Scottish star Luke McCowan, MOT Leeds News can reveal.

The 21-year-old attacker broke into the Ayr first team at the tail-end of last season but has found his shooting boots this campaign.

He’s scored eight goals and registered seven assists in 17 games and has been tipped to be the replacement for Lawrence Shankland, who moved to Dundee United over the summer after scoring 61 goals in 73 games for the Scottish club.

A Leeds source told MOT Leeds News via text message that Leeds are keeping tabs on the player with a view to signing him for the Under-23 squad.

McCowan can play anywhere in behind the main striker, on either wing or in the number 10 position, and has been tipped for big things by former Ayr manager Ian McCall.

As quoted in the Daily Record, McCall said, “I’ve been wrong about many things over the years. But I just have a feeling that Luke could be very, very special indeed.”

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McCowan signed a new two-year contract with Ayr in May this year and McCall said at the time, “We are delighted to get him signed up and are looking forward to seeing his progression.”

A move to Leeds would represent a huge chance for McCowan, with the path from the Leeds Under-23s to the first team clear, and manager Marcelo Bielsa happy to give young players a chance.

Leeds signed 18-year-old attacker Mateusz Bogusz in January this year for the Under-23s and he has already started for the first team this season in the EFL Cup.

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