Leeds United send scouts to watch Aberdeen starlet Lewis Pirie
Leeds United have sent scouts to watch Aberdeen’s 16-year-old starlet midfielder Lewis Pirie this week, according to the Daily Record.
The Scottish Under-16 international was the star of the show as they beat Denmark in a training camp earlier this week and the Whites weren’t the only Premier League club in attendance.
Fulham are the other side named although it is thought that there were plenty of eyes of Pirie as he scored against the Danes and won a penalty that was scored by Jack Fletcher, former Manchester United ace Darren’s son.
Dons manager Jim Goodwin is keen to give the youngsters at Pittodrie a chance in the senior team but with interest from England, he knows it may be difficult to keep them that long.
Scotland’s Under-16s take on Spain in the final game of their training camp where Leeds may have scouts in attendance again with the Whites not playing until Monday.
No club can be absolutely certain that a 16-year-old is going to be the next best thing so any signing of such a young player is a huge risk but more often than not it is worth the gamble.
Pirie is another who could be great under the right guidance and in the right environment and that could well be Thorp Arch where Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and many others have made their senior debuts over the past 18 months.
He will be equally aware that Calvin Ramsay has just signed for Liverpool after progressing to the first team at Aberdeen and that will play a part in his decision but the lure of the Premier League is tough to ignore at every level.
Whether this will harm the progress of Leeds’ own 16-year-old starlet Archie Gray is yet to be seen but he may already be beyond Under-18s football having joined Jesse Marsch’s squad on the pre-season tour of Australia.