Leeds United will hand second-year scholar Jimiel Chikukwa a professional contract at the club after a fine start to the 2020/21 campaign.
That is according to 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the 17-year-old’s future at Elland Road.
Chikukwa has scored five goals in five starts for the Under-18s this season including a brace against Stoke City at the back end of last month.
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The Zimbabwean forward is approaching a pivotal year in his career where he could be released by Leeds or handed his first professional contract.
Phillips claimed the Yorkshire giants would be “daft” not to secure the teenager down to a long-term contract at the club.
“The club will definitely table him a professional contract,” he told Football Insider.
“I think it is even more important in the current climate we are in to keep hold of your young talent. You cannot afford to let young players go, they are the future of the football club.
“He has shown that he has great ability and the club will hope that he can make the step up over the years.
“Leeds would be daft not to offer him a professional contract. Get him tied down now and then develop at his own pace.
“They do not need to rush him at the moment because the first team is taking care of itself but definitely get him tied down.”
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