By Saikat Mandal

3rd Nov, 2022 | 6:40am

Lewis Pirie advised to continue at Aberdeen amid Leeds United interest

Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin is hopeful that young striker Lewis Pirie will remain in Scotland amid interest from Leeds United and Everton.

The Whites are one of the Premier League clubs interested in the youngster, as first reported by Aberdeen Live on 8 September.

Leeds scouts watched him in action for Scotland Under-16 side against Denmark where the Aberdeen sensation scored one and was involved in the penalty award as well.

Goodwin thinks that the player will have a better chance of development if he stays in Scotland, rather than moving out to the Premier League.

“Young Lewis is a player that I really like,” said Goodwin, as quoted by Press and Journal.

“I had a conversation with him recently as we were short of numbers on the Friday and brought him over to train with the first team.

“He is still only 15 and not 16 until January.

“He is a young, exciting prospect and I just hope he can see his long-term future here at Aberdeen.

“Young players know they will get opportunities with me; that age doesn’t bother me.”

Talent

Pirie is a fantastic young talent and Leeds have been checking on him for a while.

In a recent Under-16 game against Dundee United, the young striker scored four goals. Everton watched him on that day, and they are heavily impressed.

Championship Sheffield United are also interested in signing the player, but Aberdeen want to keep the young talent with them for years to come.

Goodwin is a keen admirer of the player’s talent and has hailed him as an “exciting” prospect.

Premier League clubs are always on the lookout for young talents, and they try to register them for their academy. So, it will not come as a surprise, if the Whites or the Toffees manage to get him signed for them.

Leeds have a strong structure at the club where players from the academy have come up to represent the senior side. Having said that, the youngster could well reject a move to the Premier League if he is guaranteed regular senior action at Aberdeen.

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