Leeds United under-23s striker Max Dean has been in tremendous form this season and could be in-line for a new contract soon.

The Whites’ academy has demonstrated its strength this season with Mark Jackson’s under-23s sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League 2 table currently.

A hard-earned 2-0 win over Norwich City on Friday saw Max Dean score yet again to get Leeds off the mark away from home.

A timely goal for the striker, Dean’s 17th birthday followed this game on Sunday and it highlights just how talented he is that he’s performing at this level so easily.

Leeds’ investment in the summer to sign a host of youth internationals has bumped up the standard at Thorp Arch considerably but the development of Dean will be something that Marcelo Bielsa will be keeping an eye on.

Dean joined in the summer on a reported two-year scholarship but now he has turned 17, he can put pen-to-paper on a professional contract at Elland Road.

After his electric start to life in West Yorkshire, it would be wise for the club to agree fresh terms to ward off any interest in him.

Most of the talk in the under-23s picture has been about the Gelhardt/Greenwood combination and rightly so.

However, it would be unfair to not discuss Dean’s potential given that he’s scoring at a similar rate to these two despite being two years younger.

Four goals and one assist in seven PL2 games along with two in two for the under-21s against senior sides shows he’s a very talented prospect.

I’m sure it won’t take long for the club to cotton on to this recent development and get him tied down to a long-term deal.