Leeds United boss Steve Evans confirms Eoghan Stokes was set for first-team action, but got injured

The Irish youngster is highly rated at Elland Road.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has confirmed in his press conference today that young forward Eoghan Stokes would have been given his chance in the Leeds first-team by now - had it not been for injury.

Leeds United have a fine record of bringing through top talent from their academy - as has been proving in recent times with the likes of Alex Mowatt, Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook.

It is not just homegrown players however who come through the system. They have great links with Irish youth football which has seen players such as Gary Kelly, Ian Harte and Stephen McPhail make an impact in Yorkshire.

Stokes is cut from this cloth and has been in fine form this season for the Leeds development sides. Speaking to the press today, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Evans made it clear that he would have got a chance were it not for injury recently - stating he is 'very close' to first-team football.

19-year-old Stokes was handed a professional contract at Elland Road by Brian McDermott in 2013.

Unfortunately the Republic of Ireland youth international picked up an injury at the end of last month and has therefore missed the chance to play in the Leeds first-team.

With Chris Wood now back in action he is likely to struggle getting into the picture again before the end of the season.

But it would appear that he is one talent to keep an eye on at Leeds United for the future.

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