Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has dropped an exciting update on Leeds United and the club’s plans for the academy setup next season.
He wrote: “Just like the summer of 2020 the Whites are planning to add three or four new faces to the squad that will take its place in the Premier League 2 top flight.
“Promotion will pit the Thorp Arch youngsters against elite Category 1 academies including this season’s runaway Under-23s champions Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester United.
“Although their place in the top division will represent a step up in the level of competition and the quality of opposition, some of Jackson’s title winners could spend the 2021/22 season getting first-team experience at senior level in the English Football League.”
After seeing the under-23s clinch the Premier League 2 Division 2 title, everyone in the academy setup will surely be looking forward to testing themselves against the best youth teams in the country next season.
Crucially, the recruitment of the likes of Joe Gelhardt from Wigan, Sam Greenwood from Arsenal and Cody Drameh from Fulham were all absolutely spot-on, and the trio were key parts of the side which achieved so much success in the 2020/21 season.
The news that Leeds are intent on strengthening the academy department once again. with a few new faces to supplement Mark Jackson’s squad, should be music to the ears of the club’s supporters and everyone associated at Thorp Arch.
After all, it is these players who represent the future of Leeds United, and given what they achieved over the last few months, that future seems to be a very bright one indeed.