16-year-old sensation Ronnie McGrath has become the latest Leeds United youngster to make waves online this week with some sublime skills.
Leeds Under-18s have endured a pretty dismal 2020/21 campaign, in stark contrast to the Under-23s side that has swept all before them en route to winning the PL2 (Division 2) title.
But while they sit second-bottom of the Northern U18 table with just 15 points, McGrath has managed to emerge from the season with an enhanced reputation.
On Saturday he was dazzling against table-toppers Manchester United, despite losing 4-2 at Thorp Arch.
FocusOnLeeds founder Thomas Wilson tweeted a video of an outrageous piece of skill by McGrath against our bitter rivals, where he beat two players in a mazy dribble on the right-hand side.
Leeds under 18's have struggled this season but one to keep an eye for the future is Ronnie McGrath. Regular for England under 16's and got really good technical skills, as the example below shows against Man United under 18's. #LUFC pic.twitter.com/RUJyL9qZiu
— Tom (@thomas_wilson95) May 2, 2021
McGrath further cemented himself as the Under-18s skills king with an appearance on BBC MOTDx, where he impressed in their 50-second challenge which involved shooting and dribbling drills.
He ended up scoring 19 points in the final episode of the season, smashing his nearest challengers Keelan Williams (Burnley) and Amani Richards (Arsenal) out of the park, who both got 14 points.
Brimming with young talent
The Under-23s have quite rightly taken most of the fan attention this season.
With their success and proximity to the first team that’s always likely to be the case, but it’s always interesting to spot those even further down the ladder who could blow up and be something big in a few years time.
McGrath looks like he could be a future star, and he could be eyeing a call-up to the Under-23s side in the not too distant future.
Crysencio Summerville is one of the wingers who has dazzled for the second-string side and his form earned him a place on the first-team bench for the recent 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Elland Road.
If he earns himself a more permanent promotion next season McGrath could be in line for one of his own as he looks to rise up the ranks.
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