What a season it has been to be a young player at Leeds United.
The likes of Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton have all been given the opportunity to prove themselves by Marcelo Bielsa, whose trust in the club’s youth academy has been one of the main reasons for why the Whites have been so successful this year.
Whereas other managers in the Championship have opted to ignore their homegrown talent and instead field players with a wealth of experience, the Argentine’s willingness to utilise Leeds’ most exciting prospects could pay a dividend when the transfer window opens in July.
With Elland Road proving to be the perfect destination to start a career for young footballers, it will be of no surprise if the Whites manage to convince Luca Connell to make the switch from Bolton Wanderers this summer.
Although any move would have to include a compensatory fee due to Connell’s age, the fact that it could cost the Whites as little as £300,000 to secure his services could be a risk worth taking for Bielsa.
A versatile player who can play both as a midfielder and a defender, the Republic of Ireland under-19 international has already made 12 senior appearances for the Trotters and looks set for stardom if he makes the correct choice for his career.
By deciding to leave Bolton, who are preparing for a season in League One after being relegated from the second tier, and moving to Leeds, Connell could develop alongside the likes of Shackleton and Kalvin Phillips and eventually become a hero at Elland Road in the future.
What do you think Whites fans? Should Bielsa consider signing Connell in the Championship? How impressed have you been with the Argentine’s youth policy this season? Let us know below.
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