Leeds United are set to bring in teenage midfielder Cormac Austin on trial over the coming weeks, reports have confirmed.
The Lowdown: Austin profiled
Austin is currently in the academy ranks at Linfield, where former Whites striker David Healy is the manager.
A Northern Ireland Under-16 international, Austin recently featured in the Victory Shield and turned out for Linfield’s first team in an 11-0 League Cup hammering against PSNI in the week.
Healy was full of praise for Austin, saying he never gives the ball away and describing him as a player who has ‘got a bit of quality’.
And it now seems as if he’ll be making the switch to Yorkshire looking to impress Leeds, with Healy admitting ‘clubs are pushing to sign him’.
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The Latest: Trial pending…
A report from St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar School on Friday claimed that Austin will soon travel to Leeds for a trial.
He’ll be looking to follow in the footsteps of Charlie Allen, who swapped Linfield for Leeds in August 2020 and has since penned professional terms at Elland Road.
The Verdict: Bate 2.0?
Austin is clearly a midfielder highly thought of, with Healy prepared to hand the 15-year-old first-team football.
On that basis, and with what Healy has had to say about Austin in possession, Leeds may well be on to another Lewis Bate.
Of course, Bate, 19, will be way ahead in regards to his development due to his age and previous experience at Chelsea, however, should he make the permanent step up into Marcelo Bielsa’s first team, someone like Austin could be an ideal replacement for him in the Under-23’s.
It’ll be interesting to see if Austin impresses over in Yorkshire, which could lead to an Academy transfer over the coming months.
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