Leeds emerging star drops Twitter hint that Manchester United switch all but done
By Alex Stevens
Leeds goalkeeper Theo Richardson is close to completing a transfer to Manchester United after making his debut for the club, it has been confirmed.
Richardson, 18, was named in the United side for the first time in their 2-2 Premier League Under-18 draw against Manchester City on Saturday morning.
The official United website reported that the Leeds academy player was “kept extremely busy” in the entertaining encounter and “had a splendid match”.
Richardson then took to his personal Twitter account to hail what he felt was a “good debut” for Leeds’ rivals and claimed that “the boys were class”.
He suggested that he had all but secured a permanent transfer by stating on Twitter “on to the next one”, followed by a series of question marks.
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Good debut for @ManUtd today, thought the boys were class and we deserved more from the game! On to the next one ????????⚽️
— Theo Richardson (@TheoR_1998) March 18, 2017
Richardson’s place in the United team shows he is being closely assessed by the Premier League giants ahead of a possible transfer.
It comes after the unofficial Leeds United Academy Twitter account claimed that the Elland Road second-year scholar was undergoing a trial at Old Trafford.
The same account had reported at the start of the month that Richardson has been told by Leeds he will not be handed a professional contract when his scholarship comes to an end in the summer.
Good luck to #lufc second year scholar goalkeeper Theo Richardson who has been told he won’t be getting a pro contract and is free to leave
— Lufcyouth (@leedsutdacademy) March 2, 2017
United appear to have seized upon the unexpected availability of Richardson, 18, who has been been in Leeds’ Under-18s side this season, which is managed by Andy Gray and Mark Jackson.
It is common for trials to be handed to emerging players with a view to earning a contract and another former Leeds academy player Frank Mulhern, 19, underwent a trial at Huddersfield last month before sealing a transfer to the Championship rivals.
Richardson will hope to make a similarly short move as he aims to bounce back from the disappointment of not getting a new contract at Leeds.
The Leeds senior side have a two-week break between matches following their notable 2-0 Championship win over Brighton last Saturday.
Garry Monk’s team are next in action on Saturday of next week when they take on another promotion rival, with a trip to fifth-placed Reading.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.