Leeds United fringe duo Ousaim Buoy and Paudie O’Connor are on the verge of making their senior breakthrough with the Whites after being involved in the first team training sessions, according to a report.

Reliable news source Leeds Live claim on their website that the 24-year-old midfielder and 20-year-old centre back have been moved up from the reserves to the senior side by manager Paul Heckingbottom as he looks to make full use of his squad through until the end of the season.

It is claimed that O’Connor, who is captain of the club’s under-23 side, has been on standby for the club’s matches with options limited at the heart of the defence, and that he could be battling Matthew Pennington for a place in the matchday squad.

Meanwhile Bouy, who was a summer signing, is said to have been moved to training with the first team after returning from a loan spell at Cultural Leonesa back in January, and will also be looking to make his debut for the club.

Football Insider verdict

With the campaign all but over in terms of aspirations, now is the time for Heckingbottom to start running the rule over every member of the squad ahead of next season, including those who have not yet stepped up to the first team. Bouy has been something of a disappointment after being signed last summer and fans would have liked to see much more from him. O’Connor meanwhile is an exciting talent from the youth ranks, and considering how proud Leeds are of developing promising, in-house starlets, the fans will be keen to get a good look at him on the first team stage sooner rather than later.

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