By Dominic Toner
Leeds have completed the signing of midfielder Clarke Oduor, it was announced on Monday.
The Whites confirmed on their official website that the 17-year-old has signed professional terms with the club after impressing at youth levels.
The versatile midfielder has signed a contract that will keep him at Elland Road until the end of the 2017/18 season, with the club holding the option to extend the deal by a further year.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 16, 2017
Oduor has impressed in Leeds’ Under-18s and Under-23s this campaign, making a combined total of 13 appearances.
The midfielder will now make the step up to the senior squad and will hope to force his way into the team.
Leeds manager Garry Monk has shown his desire to integrate young players into the squad and a number of them have impressed this season.
Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips are two midfielders who have forced their way into the first-team, while fellow youngsters Lewie Coyle and Tyler Denton have also made a good impression.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds will be hoping that Oduor can become the latest youngster to make the step up from their impressive youth system. Monk has helped the Whites transform into serious promotion candidates this season and his youth policy is something that has made him very popular with fans. Oduor will surely get a chance in the first-team if he continues to impress at youth levels. The midfielder faces a huge obstacle to force his way into contention, but the 17-year-old will be given a huge boost by signing a professional deal. He will hope to follow in the footsteps of some fellow Leeds players, with Vieira and Phillips a perfect example for him to look up to.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have slapped a mega price tag on their first teamer star.