This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
Leeds are blessed with a number of fabulous up and coming players. Many of them have already played under boss Marcelo Bielsa too.
Alfie McCalmont and Mateusz Bogusz earned first-team debuts this term while there were ten individuals under the age of 21 to be given minutes by the 64-year-old as of last January.
The Argentine hasn’t been shy to bring those into the senior side that are ready and what’s helping to bridge the gap is Carlos Corberan.
One of Bielsa’s assistants, he’s in charge of the U23 side and led the youth team through an initial five-game unbeaten run at the start of the season.
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They’ve since been halted in their tracks somewhat after defeats against Hull and Crewe but with Ryan Edmondson in their ranks, a player who scored a hat-trick for the first team in pre-season, things could soon turnaround.
Winger Stuart McKinstry made an impression earlier this season against Watford and was involved in the attacking phases on a regular basis but the former Motherwell man may soon have competition.
That’s courtesy of a player that could provide Corberan with a dilemma in wide positions and also centrally.
That happens to be Morten Spencer, a 16-year-old prodigy who has just recently received his first call-up for Norway at youth level – something that comes after previously representing England.
Described as a “very talented” player by his mother Lunde Spencer when he was at Sunderland, her son has the capabilities to play on the left wing as well as in central midfield, another area blessed with fine talent at Leeds.
To name a few, the U23 side boasts not only McCalmont and Bogusz in that area of the pitch but also Robbie Gotts.
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Leeds fought off competition for his signature when they first welcomed him to the club. Manchester City were reportedly sniffing around as Pep Guardiola gave strict instructions to his scouts to find homegrown talent.
However, Spencer rejected the advances of the Spaniard with his mother citing the lack of opportunities that might have been available.
She told TV2 in February: “Eventually, we have felt that City is such a big club with quite a few talents that are gradually being loaned out. That’s why we’ve looked at other alternatives.”
Whether that turns out to be a sensible move only remains to be seen but he’s certainly capable of playing above his age.
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After winning the Esposende Cup with the U16s he’s since been playing for Mark Jackson’s U18s.
Another 16-year-old in Nohan Kenneh played for the first team over pre-season and has since been on the bench for the U23s so it’s certainly feasible the same could happen with Spencer.
If he continues to work his way up the ladder, Corberan will have to consider him.