Christiansen suggests Stevens could feature for Leeds first team

APOEL's Spanish head coach Thomas Christiansen looks on prior to the Europa League group B football match beetween Young Boys and APOEL at the Stade de Suisse in Bern on October 20, 2016.

Leeds United signed Jordan Stevens in the January transfer window.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen leaves the field during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich,...

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen has told Leeds Live that Jordan Stevens will be part of the club’s Under-23 team for now.

Christiansen, though, has not completely closed the door on the 17-year-old midfielder featuring for the first team between now and the end of the season.

"Well, we need to see him first but in the beginning it's with the U23s,” Christiansen told Leeds Live when asked if Stevens could feature for the first team this season.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Hope for Jordan Stevens

Not many Leeds fans will have been impressed that the club signed a 17-year-old midfielder for the Under-23 team instead of getting a more established player for the senior side.

After all, the West Yorkshire outfit are in the running for the Championship playoffs, and they need players who can make an instant impact.

Signed from League Two club Forest Green Rovers on an initial 18-month contract in the January transfer window, one can understand why Stevens will be part of the Leeds Under-23 team for the time being - after all, he is only 17 and is still developing as a footballer.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

However, Christiansen’s comments suggest that if the 17-year-old midfielder does well for the youth team and develops well, then he could make an appearance for the senior side.

Christiansen’s comments should encourage the youngster to get to work rightaway, and perhaps he could make an appearance for the Leeds first team sooner than most expect him to.

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