Leeds United are set to field a young team in the EFL Trophy game against Accrington Stanley tonight and new forward signing Charlie Allen is set to make his competitive debut.
The game is set to play at the Wham Stadium with a 7pm kick-off and just days before Leeds play Liverpool in the Premier League.
Journalist Adam Pope – who will be doing full commentary on the game tonight on BBC Radio Leeds – said he’s expecting Marcelo Bielsa to put out a “very young” Leeds side, with Phil Hay saying that a lot of Under-18s players would feature.
Expecting a very young #lufc side to face Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium (KO: 7pm) in the FL Trophy 🏆
— Adam Pope (@apopey) September 8, 2020
Hay said that Allen, who signed from Linfield in August, should be involved in the game.
yes, he should be involved.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 8, 2020
And that will give Leeds fans a big reason to follow the action tonight.
16-year-old Allen came to Leeds with high praise from his former manager and former Leeds star David Healy.
Talking to the Yorkshire Evening Post he said, “Charlie is very good. He wants to learn, can play in two or three different positions along the front.”
In the Belfast Telegraph, Healey was quoted as saying, “This is a terrific opportunity for Charlie to progress and develop as a player at a club looking ahead to exciting and challenging times now they are back in the Premier League after a long absence.”
Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester City were all interested in signing Allen before he landed at Leeds, and he made the headlines when he was named in Linfield’s Champions League qualifiers squad.
The future looks bright for Leeds but it will be a tough baptism for a lot of the youngsters as they take on the first team of League One Accrington Stanley.
The pre-match round-up starts on BBC Radio Leeds tonight at 6pm with full commentary from 7pm.
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