By Bruce Watson

24th Mar, 2021 | 1:40pm

Curle wowed by McCalmont as Leeds loanee scores screamer v Exeter

New Oldham manager Keith Curle was full of praise for Leeds United loanee Alfie McCalmont after the youngster scored on Tuesday night. 

McCalmont grabbed the all-important goal as Oldham beat Exeter 2-1 to hand Curle his first win in charge of his new club.

Speaking after the game, Curle shared his delight for the young Leeds player and hailed the attacking instincts of McCalmont after he smashed home the winner with a long-range effort.

Curle is quoted by the Oldham Chronicle as saying, “There was understanding and real desire out there.

“I’m delighted for Alfie (McCalmont) too. He used great technique for his goal.

“He was exactly where he needed to be when the ball came to him, and he produced a composed finish.”

What a goal it was, no wonder Curle is so happy with the midfielder.

The highlights show McCalmont running onto the dropping ball while around 25 yards out from goal.

He then smashes the ball off the bar and into the top right-hand corner, any goalkeeper in world football would’ve struggled to stop it.

It is sure to be high on the list of Oldham’s goal of the season contenders and this is another boost for young Leeds players this week.

On Monday, Leeds U23s smashed West Brom’s youth side 5-0 as Joe Gelhardt scored a hattrick and Sam Greenwood scored an outrageous free-kick.

The future is incredibly bright for our young players and it is very encouraging to see players thriving away from Thorpe Arch.

McCalmont was sometimes overlooked by former Oldham boss Harry Kewell so Curle’s words on Tuesday night can only be good news for the youngster.

Hopefully he gets more chances to impress before the end of the season.

In other Leeds United news, this England update will have Patrick Bamford and Whites fans fuming.