Over the years, Leeds United has produced some of the best young talents English Football has seen. Through the extensive use of a top class academy, the likes of Aaron Lennon, Fabian Delph and James Milner have moved onto better things in the Premier League from the Thorph Arch Academy set up. Not forgetting such household names as Alan Smith (touchy subject), Harry Kewell (another touchy subject) and Paul Robinson, whom were all products of the Leeds United Academy.
If you ask any opposing fan, they would have you think that ‘we’re not famous anymore’, yet year by year we remain famous for producing some of the most promising youngsters in the land. Recent emergence of Aidan White and Tom Lees is testament to the success the academy still has in these dark days at Elland Road. Just this year, a former academy player, in the name of Elliot Kebbie, packed his bags for spain; now under contract with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
With the lack of transfer funds available to Neil Warnock whilst takeover talks continue, future stars could come in handy to bring a freshness to the team, with energetic youngsters itching to steal the headlines. Two players that could continue to grow and develop well within the first team scene are Charlie Taylor (left back) and Zac Thompson (midfield). Both had brief spells in the first team last season, and are a continual example of the fine talents breaking through the youth system.
A whole host of promising talent have recently signed their first professional contracts with the club. Dominic Poleon and Ross Killock follow in the footsteps of Simon Lenighan, Charlie Clamp and Sam Byram, whilst Monty Gimpel turns professional on July 1st.
To have such a range of youngsters being offered professional contracts, it a sign of things to come for the future. Neil Warnock is showing years of faith in this crop, and I for one hold a sheer sense of excitement in seeing what this famous club once more has to offer in terms of young and ambitious talent.