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Leeds United have been brilliant at utilising their young talent in recent times.
Indeed, Leif Davis is slowly becoming a rather important player for Marcelo Bielsa, and he’s been more than impressive in his recent substitute appearances, even earning Gareth Bale comparisons for his showing against QPR.
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People at the club have clearly been impressed by him as well as he was handed a new contract on Monday, but there is one unsung hero who should get a lot of credit for these players’ development.
Indeed, Carlos Corberan has been vital in bringing these young players into the fold, not only with his work at U23 level, but due to his presence in the first-team.
The more you think about it, having the U23s boss as a coach at first-team level seems like an absolute masterstroke.
With the plethora of young talent available at Leeds’ disposal it’s vital that these players are able to make the step up to the next level without being overwhelmed, and that’s where Corberan can come in.
He’s a familiar presence in that first-team dressing room for players to connect with, and while playing under Marcelo Bielsa could be a daunting task as he’s regarded as one of the greatest coaches in the world, having Corberan right next to him can steady the nerves as these players are used to working with the Spaniard at U23 level.
That’s also the genius of having Corberan working with both sides. The U23s gaffer can get these players used to Bielsa’s tactics and systems, while also providing the first-team boss with updates on which youngsters to keep an eye on.
Bearing that in mind, is it really any surprise some youngsters have been making such impressive strides? Arguably not.
Leeds United have got a lot right since appointing the Argentine as their manager, but their ace in the hole is certainly Corberan and everything he brings to the table.