Will Leeds United regret letting Northern Ireland under-21 international Robbie McDaid leave?

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Robbie McDaid has been released by Leeds United.

Leeds United confirmed earlier on Friday that eight players will be released this summer, mainly youngsters along with Mirco Antenucci and Scott Wootton.

One of the players let go in the list confirmed by Leeds' official website is talented young striker Robbie McDaid, who could be the most likely to come back and haunt the Whites.

McDaid did not get as far as making a first team appearance for Leeds, ending the season out on loan at non-league Lincoln City, scoring six goals.

Just 19, he has been capped by Northern Ireland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level and will be determined to find a new club and start playing regular first team football.

Lincoln boss Chris Moyses spoke highly of him this season, decribing the teenager as a 'warrior', telling the Lincolnshire Echo back in February: "McDaid came on and scored and it was brilliant. When you bring people to the club and you work with them, it is good to see it come to the fore.

"He tries his heart out in training, he gives his all and I was delighted that he got his reward. He has got all the ability in the world, but he is very hard on himself. For him to get that goal was great.

"You can see what a warrior he is. He close centre-backs and full-backs down very quickly and gets involved in the game."

It is an attitude which Leeds United's supporters would have quickly taken to, and the decision not to give him another year at the club to try and prove himself could come back to bite them.

McDaid though found himself in a queue of young talented strikers, along with Eoghan Stokes, Frank Mulhern and Mallik Wilks all pushing to get into the first team.

Letting him leave may have been the fairest move to make, but if McDaid moves up the Football League wherever he signs and establishes himself as a senior international then the decision to release him will not reflect well on the club.

 

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