Is 17-year-old Clarke Oduor the next Leeds United youngster to make his mark?

Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the match

The teenager midfielder has signed professional terms with Leeds United.

If Leeds United are to bring a spectacular end to their 13 years of purgatory this season and return to the Promised Land, their local lads made good will have a lot to do with it.

Whether through the excellent on-pitch performances of Charlie Taylor, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips or the money earned and invested via the sales of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook (below) and co, Leeds’ rise from mid-table misery to dizzying heights of the play-offs has been spearheaded by those who have risen through the ranks and established themselves as some of the countries’ most exciting young talents.

Leeds United’s Lewis Cook scores their first goal

And, thankfully, the ever-churning production line is showing no signs of slowing down.

According to the club’s official website, 17-year-old midfielder Clarke Oduor has signed professional terms with the club until the end of next season. Impress, like so many of his academy ancestors, and he could be another ‘one of their own’ serenaded by the Elland Road terraces.

A prominent figure in Leeds’ under-23s, the left-footed Oduor stood out due to his versatility and impressive technical acumen, attributes that will only endear him to Garry Monk, a manager who has shown little fear in giving youth its chance.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Reserve coach Jason Blunt wasted no time in praising the teenager’s progression on LUTV back in October and his judgement will surely be invaluable to Monk as Oduor aims to make the next step in a promising career.

He's at the right club for a start.

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