Leeds United boss says talented Lewis Walters 'very close' to debut

Neil Redfearn

Lewis Walters is stepping up his return to fitness and looks set to feature in the Leeds first-team.

Leeds United have a fine reputation for developing young players and that is no different now. The club have plenty of home grown talent in the squad at the moment. The likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt are all regulars and in recent weeks Charlie Taylor has proved himself worthy of a first-team place.

The next name on that list might just be Lewis Walters.

The flying forward, who can play through the middle or out wide, is just 19-years-old but Neil Redfearn thinks very highly of his talent. Yesterday, although not officially named on the bench for the game with millwall, Walters was the 16th man in the Leeds group for yesterday's game. He participated in the pre-match warm-up and it seems he is nearing a first-team berth, after a spell out with a knee injury.

Talking to BBC Radio Leeds, as reported by Vital Football, Redfearn made it clear he is looking forward to having him as a viable option:

"He is very close to being involved.

"He will play on Tuesday against Sheffield Wednesday for the under-21s but I thought it would still be too much for him at this moment in time having just come back from a bad injury.

"He played against Sheffield United last week and he is different. He is part of the group of top youngsters coming through and he will give us something different."

Walters then will face Sheffield Wednesday for the under-21s this week and the future looks bright for him at Elland Road under Neil Redfearn, who is clearly looking to give the youth a chance at Leeds United.

Walters might just be next on that list.

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