Leeds have confirmed that impressive 17-year-old striker Max Dean has penned his first professional deal with the club.
Dean has scored seven goals in 18 appearances across Leeds’ Under-18s, Under-21s and Under-23s side so far this term. The young forward has signed a two-year contract that will run until the summer of 2023.
The teenager bagged a brace for the Under-21s against Barrow in the Papa John’s Trophy. He has since made a notable impact on Mark Jackson’s Under-23s side, netting four times in eight Premier League 2 appearances.
Jackson’s youngster’s currently sit 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League 2, with one more win earning them promotion.
Dean, who was signed from Everton last summer, only turned 17 last month and has impressed with his clever movement and eye for a goal.
The Under-23s, and Dean, are next due to be in action on April 16 when they visit Aston Villa.
Leeds urged to seal Harrison deal
Meanwhile, Leeds have been told to make signing Jack Harrison their number one priority in the summer as he could be a future England international.
That is the verdict of former Whites forward Noel Whelan, who thinks any move for Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez would be a waste of time. Vazquez, 29, is out of contract at the end of the season. He has rejected the offer of a new deal at the Santiago Bernabeu as it doesn’t meet his wage demands.
According to reports, Everton and Leeds are both considering his signing. Mundo Deportivo claim that Everton have put an offer ‘on the table’. Leeds are also a contender to sign him, with Sport revealing he wants €3m a year after tax to move to England.
Whelan though says Marcelo Bielsa should focus his efforts on making Harrison’s three-year loan a permanent move. It’s understood the Whites have a £10m deal in place with Harrison’s parent club Manchester City.
And Whelan insists Leeds need to get the deal done.
He told Football Insider: “He’s still looking like an absolute bargain. He’s only 24. Perfect timing.
“He’s someone who will progress and could have a future England role. He’s gone through a little dip but on the whole, he has been much more consistent. He always produces something.
“I thought the other night against Fulham he was excellent. His work rate was fantastic, he was great on the ball, he set up Bamford’s goal. He looked like he was getting back to the Jack Harrison that we know.
“At £10m, you’re kidding me. Who else are we going to get for that price that’s anywhere near Jack Harrison.”
Harrison has been a key man for Leeds this season, playing 28 times in the league. The former New York Red Bulls man has scored six goals and earned five assists so far this term.