Sheffield United and Leeds are among a cluster of teams who watched Scotland youngster, Lewis Pirie, during the international break.
Pirie featured for Scotland’s under-16s side against Denmark and the Daily Record has claimed a host of English clubs were watching on from the stands and further afield. It’s reported that Brighton were in there representing the Premier League alongside Leeds, while Sheffield United are thought to be keen on the youngster.
Regarded by the Record as one of the ‘top talents’ coming through at Aberdeen, the Dons are yet to even sign Pirie to full contract terms due to his age. The 16-year-old can put pen to paper next year, and Aberdeen will be keen to get that sorted ASAP with English clubs sniffing.
Pirie is said to be among a host of young players who Aberdeen are bringing through at the moment.
Paul Heckingbottom knows the Scottish league well from his time with Hibernian. The Blades boss has shown at United he is not afraid to use young talent if they’re good enough, with the likes of Iliman Ndiaye and Oliver Arblaster among those getting chances at United under Heckingbottom.
Our View: Good To See United In The Mix For Pirie
The obvious choice for Pirie really will be to join one of those Premier League clubs in the mix for him. Any player would do the same really, with the financial package and other terms on offer hard to turn down.
However, The Blades are not a bad option to consider either. The club have a rich history of working with and developing young players and Heckingbottom’s reputation in that field could get Pirie interested.
Of course, at 16 he has a long way to go. But getting top young players in is part of United’s club strategy and Pirie certainly seems someone who is highly rated by a number of clubs here.