By Will Butcher
Leeds legend Ian Harte has called on the Whites to give 20-year-old starlet Tyler Denton a new long-term contract.
The left-back produced a scintillating display on his debut for the Yorkshire giants, scoring the winner against Luton Town on Tuesday night in a 1-0 win with a superb curling effort from the edge of the area.
Harte, who is Denton’s agent, posted on his personal Twitter account that Denton is a ‘top player’ and believes his old side need to tie him down with a long-term contract as soon as possible.
— Ian Harte (@ianharte23) August 23, 2016
Denton, who has less than 12 months remaining on his Elland Road contract, is free to talk to foreign clubs on January 1 if Leeds fail to extend his current deal.
The England under-17 international could find a breakthrough into the Leeds first team a lot easier this term, with Charlie Taylor being linked with a move to the Premier League.
Signing for Leeds at just seven, Denton is the latest example of Leeds’ esteemed academy after captaining the under-21 side. The left-footer can also play in central-midfield.
Leeds manager Garry Monk drafted him into the senior squad in pre-season and Denton has been given the number 33 shirt for the season.
Retired ROI international Harte was a solid presence for the Whites during his nine-year stay, racking up 258 appearances in league and cup encounters for the Yorkshire giants.
Before moving to Spain with La Liga outfit Levante, Harte was renowned on the Elland Road terraces for his dead-ball ability. Given the duty of penalties and free-kicks, the 38-year-old found the back of the net 34 times during his Whites career.
In other Leeds transfer news, this former centre-back target is the subject of a £3million Premier League bid.