Done deal: Leeds sign young defender Cline from Liverpool
Leeds United have completed the signing of young defender Cuba Cline from Liverpool, the 16-year-old has confirmed.
In a post on his personal Instagram account on Wednesday, Cline said: “It’s been a class six years at Liverpool. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way but it’s time for me to face my new challenge at Leeds United. The hard work continues.”
According to the unofficial Leeds United Academy page on Twitter, Cline’s signed a two-year scholarship deal at Thorp Arch.
One to watch?
Cline has spent the last six years at Liverpool and not so long ago represented the England Under-15s team so he’s certainly someone who has a bit of potential.
Liverpool have a brilliant academy so they wouldn’t have kept him for as long as they did if he was nothing special, nor would he have caught the eyes of the England national team.
Leeds’ youth recruiters don’t just sign any young player either. There have been some truly magnificent talents rise through at Thorp Arch over the last few decades.
Cline will surely be praying he’s one of them.
It’s hard to know much about the 16-year-old other that some of the basic facts that are out there about him.
However, that doesn’t mean he’s not someone we cannot keep an eye on over the coming years.
Cline is likely to join up with Scott Gardner’s Under-18s side at Leeds so we should see the odd clip of him playing every now and then.
It must be nice for him to join a club where there’s a huge amount of integration going on between the first-team and the Under-23s so surely Cline’s focus will be on developing to the point where he can get into the Under-23s and maybe catch the eye of Bielsa, or whoever is in charge by the time he comes of age.