Leeds have had a strong history of bringing academy graduates into the first-team and with Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, it looks like that could well continue.
Under Bielsa, Leeds have made a solid start to the season and despite a slight blip in their form over the last few weeks, the Yorkshire side have made a superb start to the season and as it stands, look set to be one of the favourites to be promoted this season.
This year, Bielsa has used a side that is basically the same as last years, with the exception of summer arrival, Barry Douglas. The Argentine has also kept an eye on the youth side too and he’s promoted Jamie Shackleton to the first-team while the likes of Ryan Edmondson and Jack Clarke have also been used in recent weeks.
According to the Mirror, Clarke had snubbed interest from Manchester City before signing his first professional contract with the club. With interest from the Premier League champions, it shows that Leeds have an excellent talent on their hands.
The forward, who can play across the forward line, made his debut for the club against Brentford and looks as though he could play a part in Bielsa’s first-team squad going forward.
It’s been a quick rise for the 17-year-old who follows Alan Smith, Aaron Lennon, James Milner and Fabian Delp in academy players who have made the jump to the first-team. With the youngster happy at the club and declining interest from City, it shows that Bielsa has a talent who is completely committed to the team.
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