By Alex Stevens
Eoghan Stokes sent a message to Leeds first team manager Garry Monk with the matchwinner for the Under-23s on Monday.
The striker, 20, continued his prolific scoring for the reserves with the only goal in the club’s 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest on Monday.
Stokes’ strike on the verge of half time and a last-minute penalty save from Ross Turnbull secured Leeds victory n the game at their Thorp Arch training headquarters.
Stokes, who is a prolific scorer in youth football and has struck four times in nine appearances for Republic of Ireland Under-19s, played the full 90 minutes against Forest alongside senior men Turnbull and Luke Murphy.
He trained with the club’s first team under Monk during pre-season but has yet to make a senior appearance for Leeds.
His latest goal came little more than 24 hours before the club’s League Cup home tie against Norwich on Tuesday night and demonstrated that there is a regular scorer in the ranks below senior forwards Chris Wood and Marcus Antonsson.
Monk is expected to make changes for the last-16 all-Championship clash from the side that beat Molineux in the league on Saturday.
Stokes arrived at Leeds in 2012 from Dublin-based side St Kevin’s Boys Club. He was joint-top scorer for the Under-21s last season with eight goals.
In other Leeds transfer news, an England international is months away from signing for the club.