Leeds United: All you need to know about top prospect Tyler Denton

Leeds United scorer Tyler Denton applauds the travelling fans at Kenilworth Road. 
Picture: Bruce RollinsonLeeds United scorer Tyler Denton applauds the travelling fans at Kenilworth Road. 
Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Leeds United scorer Tyler Denton applauds the travelling fans at Kenilworth Road. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
AFTER bursting onto the scene with his match-winning display at Luton Town, here are seven key facts concerning Leeds United's Tyler Denton.

Long-term local project

Leeds United are renowned for producing talented young footballers through their Academy, and Denton is unquestionably the latest example. The left-back might only be 20 years old but he already has 13 years under his belt at Leeds having joined the club aged seven. Denton - who was born in Dewsbury - fell in love with Leeds United after attending games as a youngster alongside his dad. The defender was schooled locally at Mirfield Free Grammar.

Big-name agent

Denton’s 23rd-minute peach at Kenilworth Road was finished in the style of a young defender with a natural eye for goal. It is actually no major surprise then to learn that Denton’s agent is former Whites left-back and former Republic Of Ireland international Ian Harte, who scored 39 goals in 288 appearances for Leeds between 1996 and 2004.

International honours

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Denton looked blessed with the natural talent to grace a big stage, and the youngster is already capped for England Under-17s. The defender made one appearance for the side in 2011.

Leadership qualities

Whites head coach Garry Monk has already stated a few times his desire to have natural ‘leaders’ in his team in addition to the actual captain on the field. Denton is still a novice but already has experience of wearing the captain’s armband having led the Under-21s last term.


Denton is recognised as a left-back but the latest Whites protege can also play in midfield. That might be useful to his immediate prospects of playing first-team football given that he is behind Charlie Taylor in the pecking order.


It seems only a matter of time before Denton becomes a first-team regular for the Whites, and the defender can clearly hack playing long sequences of games. Denton played every game for the Under-21s last season, several of those as captain.


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Denton’s name came to prominence in the public eye on Tuesday evening but his emergence is no surprise to his club, who tied him up on a new one-year contract this summer.

Denton was one of five existing professionals who were offered new deals by Leeds when the club published their retained list in May.

He said: “I felt as though I was pushing towards the first team but obviously Charlie’s a great player in that position. I’ve learnt a lot from him over the last few years. I work to be in the first team and put pressure on Charlie. If that chance comes, I feel like I would be ready.”

Denton signed scholarship terms with Leeds in 2012 but was playing for their reserves before then. The defender made his reserves debut as a 15-year-old against Hartlepool United.