Everton would consider allowing wonderkid Thierry Small to join Leeds United on loan next season.
That is the view of ex-Everton and Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the possibility of the 16-year-old leaving Goodison Park this summer.
The Express claim Small has been offer a three-year professional contract by the Toffees but is yet to put pen to paper as he considers pursuing first-team opportunities elsewhere.
Leeds United are one of three clubs reportedly willing to offer the left-back a direct route into the first-team – Brighton and Brentford being the others.
The Whites will be in the market for a left-back in the summer window with Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas set to depart permanently at the end of the season.
Campbell suggested Small should extend his stay at Goodison Park and then join a club like Leeds on loan for the 2021-22 campaign.
“Maybe Leeds will take him on loan for a season,” he told Football Insider. “They need a left-back so that would make a bit of sense.
“A loan move would allow him to get some game time because let’s be honest, his chances will be very limited with Lucas Digne and Ben Godfrey in front of him at Everton.
“Hopefully he signs a new deal and then why not let him go to Leeds? That could work for all parties concerned.”
As quoted by the Guardian, Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on Small earlier this year and described him as “one of the best players” currently at their academy.
The left-back became Everton’s youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 176 days earlier this year, when he came on as a late substitute in an FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday.