By motleedsnews

8th Feb, 2017 | 6:02pm

Midfielder and defender undergo trials at Leeds - report

By Ian Hunt

A Premier League defender and Championship midfielder are undergoing trials at Leeds, according to a report.

Middlesbrough right-back Callum Johnson and Huddersfield playmaker Jack Boyle have been identified as two of the three trialists in the starting XI for the Leeds Under-23s side that lost 4-3 to Sheffield United on Monday afternoon.

The identity of the trio was not revealed by the official Leeds media channels, as they were listed simply as ‘Trialist’ in the announcement of the starting XI.

But the Leeds United Academy Twitter account has claimed that Boro’s Johnson, 20, and Huddersfield’s Boyle, 19, were two of the three aiming to catch the eye of the club’s Under-23s coach Jason Blunt.

The account is establishing a reputation as an increasingly reliable source of Leeds academy news.

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It had made the claim about Boyle being one of the three trialists 24 hours before the information was subsequently corroborated by BBC broadcaster Adam Pope on Tuesday.

Leeds lost the clash against Sheffield United by one goal after being forced to play the entirety of the second half with 10 men due to the dismissal of Kalvin Phillips shortly before the break.

Central midfielder Phillips was one of four players in the starting XI at Thorp Arch headquarters with first-team experience alongside striker Marcus Antonsson,  left-back Tyler Denton and goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Robinson is  contracted to Boro, although he has yet to make a first-team appearance for the club.

The youngster has played 27 matches for the top flight outfit in Premier League 2, the competition for Under-23s introduced last season.

Boyle is contracted to Huddersfield until 2018 and is also yet to play for the first team, although he is in his second year of a three-year professional contract at the John Smiths Stadium.

Coincidentally, Huddersfield gave Boyle permission to play for Leeds on the same day in which a recently released Elland Road striker, Frank Mulhern, was on trial for the Terriers against Crewe Alexandra.