EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United youngster Mateusz Bogusz to play a “big part” for the club next season after his impressive rise through the ranks.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and lifelong Whites fan says that the 17-year-old midfielder has been making a name for himself in the youth system at Elland Road and believes that he has what it takes to make the step up to the Championship.

Bogusz is yet to feature for Leeds’ first-team in a competitive fixture but was part of the travelling squad which travelled to Australia for games against Manchester United and Western Sydney Warriors.

Having seen the prodigious youngster net an impressive goal against the Australian side, Whelan admitted he was seriously excited about what the teenager has to offer Marcelo Bielsa in their upcoming Championship campaign, suggesting he can have a notable impact in the second tier.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s been a midfield player who’s been quietly coming through the ranks and showing extreme quality. He’s a player who can step up to the mark in the Championship this season and I believe we’ll be seeing a lot more of him this campaign.

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“He has got really good feet, technically he’s very, very good, and you can see that he’s got a delightful strike on him with the goal that he scored. I would not be surprised at all if he made a breakthrough like the other young lads did last season.

“He’s a real prospect for the future and I think he might have a big part to play this campaign.”

Bogusz might not have played for Leeds last season but he did feature in the final four matchday squads as an unused substitute, including in the play-off semi-finals against Derby County.

In other Leeds United news, Whelan has suggested that one of the club’s first-team mainstays has had a change of heart over his future at the club.