Ben Parker raves about Leeds 18-year-old played out of position on Monday for 21's
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Ben Parker raves about Leeds 18-year-old played out of position on Monday for 21's

Ben Parker has heaped plenty of praise on Leeds United teenager Cian Coleman after he came off the bench to shine for Michael Skubala’s Under-21 side on Monday afternoon – during a 4-2 Premier League 2 win over Newcastle United.

Coleman, 18, was given 30 minutes by Skubala. In what was a pre-planned change to sub Cody Drameh off on the hour mark, Coleman played on the right of defence. That is despite naturally being a box-to-box midfielder for the 18’s.

The Ireland Under-18 international, who has been wearing the armband for the 18’s, impressed. Even though it was not his normal position, he immediately had an impact – sliding a lovely pass into Joe Snowdon, who should have scored.

Then, his marauding run down the middle of the pitch saw him find Snowdon. He flicked the ball into Max Dean and the striker made it four, completing a hat-trick. We gave him an 8/10 for his cameo role as Leeds stretch their lead.

Covering the game as co-commentator for LUTV, ex-Leeds defender Parker gave his verdict on Coleman. In what was only his third 21’s outing, he raved about the versatile star. He says he has been watching the Irishman a lot of late.

Max Dean netted a hat-trick. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“I’ve seen plenty of him this season playing for our 18’s. Under the guidance of Scott Gardner, and captain of the team, he’s a centre-midfielder, box to box, if you haven’t seen him play before. But he is making a real impact at right-back.”

Parker heaps praise on Leeds teenager Coleman

It really was an impressive outing from Coleman, especially considering that is not his normal position. To have broken into the 21’s, and being able to offer Skubala quality in two different positions, stands him in very good stead.

Technically gifted, you could see the work rate, too. An eye for a pass, willing to take a player on and with the attacking invention that Jesse Marsch likes in his side. Who knows, at some stage he could make the step up to senior side.

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