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12th Apr, 2017 | 12:58pm

Manager hails Leeds 18-year-old who is playing with the Under-23s

By Harvey Byrne

Leeds Under-23s manager Jason Blunt was full of praise for young attacker Lewis Knight after the academy team fell to a 3-2 defeat against Crewe on Monday.

The 18-year-old forward is currently considered a bright prospect in the Whites’ academy and is a second year scholar at the club.

He has made the step up to the Under-23s this campaign where he is currently playing against players five years older than him and although he didn’t score against Crewe, the youngster stood out in the match.

Coach Blunt hailed his movement and work-rate while he also assisted the opening goal of the match for Sammy Amissah with a fine cross.

“Lewis has made some fantastic runs throughout the game. He tired towards the end, but he worked extremely hard,” told Blunt to LUTV.

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The Leeds academy has a fine history of bringing through youngsters such as James Milner, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose, while current first team stars Charlie Taylor and Ronaldo Vieira also broke through the youth ranks.

Fans will be excited by Blunt’s words about Knight and although it could be a while before he makes his first team debut the youngster could be one name to look out for in the future.

Leeds are currently challenging for a promotion to the Premier League and it may be harder for the club to bring youngsters through in the top-flight, but they will surely stand by their traditions.

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