Steve Evans provides negative answer on Lewis Walters' progress, high hopes for Frank Mulhern

The Leeds United boss says Walters and Mulhern are not near the Leeds first-team.

Leeds United have produced plenty of top young talent in recent years. Sam Byram just made a move to West Ham United whilst the likes of Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook continue to thrive in the Leeds first-team.

With that in mind perhaps one of the young talents could help the goalscoring at Elland Road - with the likes of Frank Mulhern and Lewis Walters waiting in the wings.

Walters nearly made a breakthrough in the first-team last term under Neil Redfearn and 18-year-old Irishman Mulhern has been highly praised in the past by youth boss Paul Hart.

But when asked about the pair by BBC Radio Leeds this week Leeds United boss Steve Evans made it clear that he will not be giving either a chance in the coming weeks:

"No, they are not near (the first-team).

"I am blessed with the Taylor's the Cook's the Mowatt's and then you see the likes of young Lewie Coyle and Kalvin Phillips starting to appear on the horizon. They're close, Coyle and Phillips. They couldn't be any closer, they're knocking on my bedroom door at night saying 'I should be in' they're that close.

"Others are a little bit away but are still doing well. Young Frank Mulhern, we think a lot of him. Paul Hart has been working a lot with him and his staff are working with Frank on different parts of his game to make him compete to be with us."

That sounds positive for Mulhern but as for Walters it seems his future might be away from the club. He was not handed a first-team squad number despite his prevalence with the seniors last term. He is pout of contract in the summer and does not seem to be in the future plans of Evans.

Mulhern meanwhile will hope to continue to step up his progress in the Leeds team, and find his way into the first-team.

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