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Jason Blunt hails Leeds youngster Matthew Downing

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

The 16-year-old was the hero for Leeds United's Under-23 side.

Jason Blunt has told LUTV that he is "extremely pleased" for Leeds United's Under-23 age Matthew Downing.

Leeds beat their Barnsley counterparts 1-0 at Thorp Arch for a second successive victory in the Professional Development League.

The hero was the 16-year-old full-back, who tucked home a rebound after Romario Vieira's initial strike was parried away by the opposition goalkeeper.

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Downing won Apprentice of the Year for Leeds back in May - an award previously given to Sam Byram - and Blunt admits he's delighted for the teenager.

He told LUTV: "Extremely pleased at the end - especially again when we had so many youngsters; we finished with four Under-18s.

“Extremely pleased for Matty Downing, probably the first goal he's ever scored and he came up with the winner.”

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Blunt's side are sixth in the Development League and the win over their Yorkshire rivals was Leeds' second in succession, having previously beaten Huddersfield Town 3-2.

If Downing develops into a player anywhere near the quality of Byram - who joined West Ham United last January - then the Whites have another fine talent on their hands.

The Yorkshire club have a promising future in the full-back roles, it would seem. Behind left-back Charlie Taylor is Taylor Denton, while right-back Lewie Coyle has been banging on the door for a while.

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland RoadGeneral view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

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