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Harvey Vincent: The next Leeds superstar?

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Harvey Vincent was born on the 20th March 2007 and, at the age of 15, he has already made seven appearances for Leeds U18’s.

The young Englishman has also made an appearance for England U16’s, making his debut for the young Three Lions on the 22nd December 2022.

Position

Leeds have predominantly played 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 this season. When Vincent has featured, he has mostly played on the left-hand side, either as a winger or a wide striker. However, Vincent is flexible and can play on both wings, as he played 80 minutes for England U16’s as a right midfielder in a 4-0 win against Turkey.

Vincent’s positional flexibility is a key strength of his game, as he is unpredictable for opposition defenders and can often change wings during matches.

Statistics

Vincent has made seven appearances for Leeds this season, with six in the U18 Premier League North and one in the U18 Premier League Cup. The young winger has scored one goal and assisted one in the six U18 Premier League games he has played.

His only goal for Leeds came against Newcastle in a 6-4 defeat in January this year. Meanwhile, his assist came against Manchester City in a 6-2 loss. The game against Man City took place on the 15th October and was Vincent’s competitive debut for the Whites.

Style of play

Vincent is a direct winger who takes on defenders with his dribbling ability and close control. He is left-footed, which explains why he is often deployed on the left-hand side.

However, he is equally as effective as a right winger cutting onto his left foot, as his long-range shooting is a strength of his game. Vincent’s assist against Man City highlighted his strengths as a right winger. He received the ball on the right-hand side and beat the City left-back before cutting the ball back to Cian Coleman, who applied the finish.

The Future

Given Vincent’s age, he may find his minutes limited in the final months of the season. However, if Vincent can force his way into the starting eleven, there is plenty still to play for. Leeds are playing Oxford United in the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup and are looking to become the first Leeds youth team to win the trophy since 1997. Vincent has only played 12 minutes in the competition, but he will be hoping that he can play a bigger part in the later rounds.

The short-term aims for Vincent will be to secure a professional contract and to continue his development with further minutes for the Whites in the U18 Premier League and the FA Youth Cup.

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