After scoring the final goal of the league campaign for Leeds United's under-21 side, this could be a big summer for Robbie McDaid.
Leeds United’s under-21 side ended their league season with a 1-0 win against Coventry City on Monday afternoon.
The win came courtesy of a Robbie McDaid strike, and after making the last vital contribution of the young side’s campaign, it will be interesting to see what next season has in store for the 18-year-old.
McDaid is highly-rated at Elland Road, and earlier this season he was crowned the Ulster Herald’s Young Sports Personality of the Year. However, while the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Brian Montenegro have been given places in the senior match-day squad, McDaid is yet to experience that.
Leeds manager Neil Redfearn has shown he is not afraid to give youth a chance, and Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram have all excelled; to such an extent that they are all now among the first names on the team-sheet when fit.
With Leeds struggling for goals – despite the recent transformation of Steve Morison – it would be a surprise if the club did not strengthen in that area this summer. But McDaid could also be given a chance, with the club’s pre-season programme the perfect time to stake his claim.
A loan move may be the most likely option, but then Leeds seem more willing than most to blood their young talent closer to home. So having contributed the last meaningful action of Leeds under-21s’ domestic season, could he be taking the step up in just a few short months?