Eoghan Stokes shows composure with great finish for fifth U21 goal in four games

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The Leeds United teenager could soon be ready for a step up.

Leeds United fans would be forgiven for wanting to quickly put this week out of their minds after they were hammered 4-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday evening.

A blistering first-half from the Seagulls saw them race into a lead that Leeds had no chance of coming back from and while the Whites kept their hosts at bay in the second period, by then the damage had been done.

Monday was also a bad day for Leeds United’s under-21s as they lost 3-1 to their Hull City counterparts; but there was one positive, with teenage striker Eoghan Stokes continuing his great recent form to score his fifth goal in his last four appearances at that level.

Stokes’ goal demonstrated his composure and confidence as he ran onto a lay-off from Jordan Botaka and finished first time past the Tigers’ goalkeeper, leaving Hull’s defence with no time to think.

That goal spoke volumes for Stokes’ ability and it will surely not be long before he is given a few minutes in Leeds’ first-team.

After all they could certainly do with freshening things up, and throwing a teenager with the bit between his teeth into the mix could be the wake-up call Leeds’ more experienced players need to start scoring more regularly.

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