Following Cellino's comments about youth, it's time Leeds United's Chris Dawson got his chance

Leeds United

One of Leeds United's brightest young talents deserves to show what he can do in the first-team next season.

In a recent interview Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino gave to the club’s official website, the Italian stated that he had no intention of selling the club’s young talent and instead planned to build around them.

“My plan for this club is to grow, not to sell our best young players,” Cellino said. “I have a lot of trust in the young players here. It is a special place for them and it has been for many years.”

Cellino name-checked Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor, who have all shone for Leeds’ first-team this season. But there is another young player who should be mentioned in the same company, even if he has rarely featured under manager Neil Redfearn thus far.

Chris Dawson may only be 20, but he is also a very talented footballer who has had to watch while Cook et al broke through this season.

In contrast, the young Welshman played just three senior matches for Leeds, racking up a total of just 39 minutes on the pitch.

If Cellino wants to build a young Leeds side that can grow together, Dawson should be included in that, and with just a year left on his current contract the time is right to show him he is seen as an integral part of this squad for many years to come.

Given his reputation at the club and his innate talent, it is surprising that he is the one player not to break through yet while Taylor, Mowatt and co have with such success.

But a new season will bring new opportunities, and do not be surprised if Redfearn decides Dawson is now ready for the step up.

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