Max Dean could leave Leeds United permanently this month, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting that Harrogate Town are big admirers of the young forward.

Dean has been a popular figure amongst supporters throughout his time on the books at Elland Road. He is yet to make his first-team debut. But he has certainly been an important player for the under-21s in recent years.

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The 18-year-old scored a hat-trick in November’s win over Newcastle. But it would appear that there is a chance that this month’s clash with Nottingham Forest could be one of his last for Leeds.

Max Dean could leave Leeds permanently

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Dean’s contract with the club expires at the end of the season. And with that, he could leave Leeds this month.

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The report suggests that Harrogate want the teenager. They currently find themselves languishing in the bottom-half in League Two.

There will be a lot of disappointment if Dean ends up leaving Leeds. He has been superb for the younger age groups. His tenacity has made him a fan favourite amongst those who follow the under-21s closely.

In some respects, it will mirror the deal which saw Robbie Gotts leave for Barrow in 2021. Gotts had made his senior debut under Marcelo Bielsa. So it seemed a surprise when he moved to League Two 18 months ago.

However, that decision has probably been vindicated. As promising as Gotts was for the first-team, it did appear that it was not going to do anyone any favours if he stuck around at Leeds where he was unlikely to play.

Dean is younger. However, he has a lot of competition for a place in the under-21s, let alone the first-team. Leeds signed both Mateo Joseph and Sonny Perkins in 2022.

They have both made first-team debuts under Jesse Marsch. Meanwhile, Dean is still awaiting that chance.

He has the talent to make Leeds rue the decision if he is sold permanently. But it is probably one of those moves which will ultimately make sense.

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