Leeds coach and Chris Dawson rave about 19-year-old academy star Luke Parkin

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Luke Parkin was the match winner for Leeds under-21s as they beat Brentford on Monday night.

Leeds United's talented under-21 side beat Brentford in a close match on Monday night.

The Bees had gone 1-0 up before Dario del Fabro equalised with 10 minutes remaining, and substitute Luke Parkin scored a late winner.

Parkin, 19, was the subject of praise from academy coach Jason Blunt, and teammate Chris Dawson, who both spoke to LUTV after the game.

He said: "The lad has been in and out of the side through other people playing but he never gives up, and comes on and he affects the game."

Dawson, who himself had an impressive game, outshining fellow attacker Adryan, said: 

"I'm really pleased for Parko as well. He's been pushed out sometimes, he's done well every time hes come on so fair play to him."

Parkin is another talent who is not far off first team chances, although due to the competition for places at present, he is further off than say Lewis Walters, who can play out wide.

One example of him being pushed out of the under-21 side was when the club gave Edgar Cani an opportunity last month, in what was a fruitless performance for the Albanian.

This season is still unlikely for him to make it into the first team, but if he continues to impress, and can show what he can do in pre-season, then progression is possible as Neil Redfearn has helped Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook show this year.

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