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Don't release him: Leeds United striker Eoghan Stokes states his case

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Leeds United prospect Eoghan Stokes continues to state his case.

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Leeds United showed they are planning for the future this week by fielding three trialists in a friendly game against Shamrock Rovers.

One of those starring for the under-23s was Slovenian striker Mitja Krizan, son of former Barnsley player Ales Krizan, but he was outshone by Ireland youth international Eoghan Stokes.

Stokes has been a regular goalscorer for Leeds United's youth sides for the last three seasons, and featured for the first team in pre-season.

As an Ireland youth international he has four goals in nine games for his country.

Despite this he has not been handed a first team bow, and has been overtaken in the pecking order by the younger Mallik Wilks, who made his debut as a substitute in the FA Cup loss to Sutton United.

Worryingly for Stokes his contract expires in June, and it is unclear if he will be handed a new deal.

His goal against Shamrock Rovers should put him on the radar of teams in his native Ireland if he was not already, but the 20-year-old will want to earn a shot at Leeds.

With Leeds lacking options up front they could do worse than bring Stokes into the first team fold between now and the end of the season to see if he can be a factor.

This week he showed he is still the biggest goal threat among the regulars in the under-23s, despite their plans to bring alternatives on board. He was in a similar position last year and earned a one year extension, and after this week the Whites may be considering doing the same.

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