'Very good player' – Exclusive: Pundit says never-seen Leeds 19yo can be 20/21 PL ace for Bielsa
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Paul Robinson has hailed 19-year-old attacker Niall Huggins as a “very good player” and has tipped him to get into the first-team in the next year.
This comes after Kalvin Phillips tipped up a clutch of Under-23s to make an impact under Marcelo Bielsa.
Talking to Forza Football Academy in a video Q&A, Phillips said Leif Davis, Jordan Stevens, Huggins and Alfie McCalmost were all players to watch.
Huggins is the only one of these players not to have made it into the first-team squad yet.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Huggins is a very good player who’s performed really well in the Under-23s this season. I’ve seen a bit of him actually.
“The Leeds academy has always been strong and it’s always produced players – it’s even been known to produce the odd dodgy goalkeeper!
“In all seriousness though, Huggins has been very good. In fact the Under-23s last year and the year before have been particularly strong and there will be a number of them who will be ready for the first team over the next year or so.”
All of the focus from fans has been on transfers if Leeds get promoted.
However, with a number of big-money commitments already in place, including Helder Costa and Jean-Kevin Augustin, Leeds could well look to within for new stars.
Huggins is an attacker who scored two goals and added three assists in his last five games for the Under-23s before the season was ended early.
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