'Old-school' Liam McCarron could immediately replace Jack Clarke at Leeds

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United before the SkyBet Championship playoff semi final match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on Saturday 11th May 2019.

Championship outfit Leeds United are reportedly set to make a £250,000 bid for Grimsby Town's League Two starlet Liam McCarron.

Liam McCarron of Carlisle United in action during the Sky Bet League Two match between Northampton Town and Carlisle United at PTS Academy Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Northampton,...

Leeds United’s first signing of the summer transfer window might not be a top class goalkeeper or a prolific number one. Rather, an 18-year-old from Carlisle United could soon be posing with a white and yellow scarf around his neck at Elland Road.

According to The Daily Mail, Leeds are set to make a £250,000 bid for Liam McCarron as they look to beat Wolves, Derby County and Sheffield United to the teenage winger.

But who on earth is he? Well, listening to what his Carlisle coach Paul Murray had to say back in October 2018, McCarron is exactly the kind of dazzling, teenage wide man whose direct style and dribbling skills should get the fans on their feet.

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“We’ve all seen what he’s capable of. I thought what was fantastically refreshing was a young lad coming on and going at the full-back, like old-school wingers used to, but then crossing with his wrong foot – to have that willingness to do that,” Murray told the News and Star.

Style-wise, McCarron shares more than a few comparisons with the player he might be about to replace in West Yorkshire – Jack Clarke.

Leeds United's Jack Clarke during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

A fellow teenager who also made his breakthrough in 2017/18, Clarke’s short-lived spell in Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team could be coming to an end. The York-born youngster is a ‘serious’ target for Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, even if his price could cause a problem.

And Leeds might just have found a readymade replacement already in McCarron.

Sam Hoskins of Northampton Town looks to control the ball watched by Liam McCarron of Carlisle United during the Sky Bet League Two match between Northampton Town and Carlisle United at...

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