SA starlet summoned by Leeds boss


17-year-old striker Max McMillan is making major progress in Yorkshire while playing for Leeds United’s development structures.

A few weeks ago the striker was promoted to the U-23 squad after being the top goal scorer for the U-18 development squad in the 2019/20 season and now it seems he has caught the eye of first team manager Marcelo Bielsa who has summoned him to train with the big boys in the past two weeks.

Talking to this publication McMillan expressed his delight about his chance to impress the first team manager who has brought so much change to Leeds since taking over the club two years ago.

“I am absolutely buzzing I have been working hard consistently to make sure that I make a lot of progress, the structures at Leeds are set out to give young players a chance to make their mark so me being here is a great opportunity to learn a lot from one of the best managers in world football,” he explained.

He has scored only a single goal this season for the development squads and recently made his first start in the English EFL Trophy as Leeds got knocked out by Barrow through penalties after a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Should his performances continue to be convincing McMillan might get his chance to play for the first team before the end of this season which would be a great achievement for a player his age.

The striker is eligible to represent South Africa through his father who was born in South Africa. He is from a footballing family with his father Andy McMillan a football legend in Leeds having played for Yorkshire United and his grandfather Trevor a former football coach who coached teams like Pretoria Callies in South Africa.

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By Prince Sobayeni

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