Leeds United Under-23 boss Jason Blunt says that striker Frank Mulhern has improved 100 per cent over pre-season and is now far more athletic and powerful.

Mulhern, 19, played and scored in Leeds Under-23s' 1-1 draw at Thorp Arch against Charlton Athletic on Monday; no mean feat given Charlton had drubbed their last opponents, Coventry City, 7-2.

Blunt was especially pleased with what he saw from Mulhern and explained that the striker has come on leaps and bounds, developing and honing his skills over pre-season and now looking a much more rounded player.

"It was a great goal from Frank", Blunt told LUTV.

"To be fair to Frank, I would say he's improved 100 per cent since he came in in pre-season", the Under-23 coach revealed.


"He's looking more athletic and powerful and he is a talented boy who knows how to score and obviously where the back of the net is."

With Leeds having failed to sign a striker before the transfer window slammed shut at the end of last month, Mulhern may spy an opportunity to force his way into head coach Garry Monk's first team plans.

The Whites, who sit a lowly 17th in the Championship table, have only scored seven goals in their seven league games so far.

Mulhern signed a new contract with Leeds in the summer, running until 2017.