18-year-old Leeds striker Frank Mulhern impressing at U21 level; Erwin and McKay must up their game

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The young Leeds United forward appears to have a bright future in the game.

Leeds United have some wonderful young players in their ranks but the one position where they do not seem to have a future superstar is up front.

While full-backs Charlie Taylor and Lewie Coyle are on the path to superstardom and Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook are two of the most exciting young midfielders in the game, for now Leeds manager Steve Evans is relying on older heads who are not performing anywhere near consistently enough.

Summer signing Lee Erwin may come good in time; however there is another young striker who has come through Leeds’ ranks and is now making waves at under-21 level.

Frank Mulhern may only be 18 but he is now finding the net regularly at that level – his latest coming in a 2-1 victory against Nottingham Forest on Monday afternoon – and the next pre-season will be a big one for him as he bids to prove he is ready for a first-team place.

Mulhern is a long way from starting in the Championship, but a few substitute appearances are certainly within the realms of possibility before his twentieth birthday.

All he can do is continue to impress for Leeds’ under-21s, and he will be pleased that he is currently outperforming Erwin and recent addition Jack McKay in that regard.

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