Ronnie McGrath trains with Leeds first-team ahead of clash v West Brom
Leeds United youngster Ronnie McGrath has been training with Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team ahead of the match against West Brom on Sunday.
According to the LUFC Youth Twitter account, the “highly-rated” 16-year-old has impressed for the Under-18s this season and has been called up to the England Under-16s side to play Northern Ireland in June.
👏Highly rated 16-year-old winger Ronnie McGrath was involved in first team training this weekend following his impressive season with #LUFCU18s
— LUFC Youth Academy (@leedsutdacademy) May 23, 2021
McGrath is a right-sided winger who’s played nine times in the Under-18 Premier League this season, scoring one goal in the process.
First-team debut on the cards?
Of course, Bielsa will want to name his strongest possible side to play West Brom on Sunday in what is the final match of Leeds’ brilliant first season back in the Premier League.
However, there could be room on the bench for McGrath, who is yet to get called up for senior duty in his time at Leeds.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited by the young talent.
He’s a superb dribbler of the ball with great technique and the ability to beat defenders, as you can see in the tweet below.
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
He also appeared on BBC MOTDx not too long ago, when he impressed in their 50-second challenge where he showcased his shooting and dribbling drills.
Bielsa is not shy when it comes to handing young talent call-ups to the senior squad so we could see some unfamiliar, never-before-seen faces on the bench this weekend at Elland Road.
However, Leeds do have something play for when they take on already-relegated West Brom.
The Yorkshire giants can finish as high as eighth-place if they beat the Baggies and Arsenal and Everton lose their respective fixtures against Brighton and Manchester City.
West Brom, on the other hand, can end their shoddy season on a high by moving themselves up to 18th place – a small consolation but what that would no doubt show a little bit of promise as they return to the Championship.
We should be treated to a good game on Sunday and we’re expecting plenty of goals.
Let’s see if we get a comfortable lead whether Bielsa will call on the club’s impressive young talent to shine.