Leeds United are sat on a talent goldmine, Redfearn claims

Elland Road pitchside

Neil Redfearn believes that Leeds United are sat on a goldmine because of the quality of the players coming through their youth-system.

Leeds United caretaker manager Neil Redfearn believes that the club are sat on a goldmine, because of the quality of their academy system.

Redfearn took over from David Hockaday, after he was sacked last month, and he says that Leeds can be really excited about the players they have coming through. 

Redfearn has worked at academy level for a number of years now and he feels that the Whites have a really exciting future because of the level of the talent currently progressing at the club.

"I've had six years now at this football club helping and developing this academy and we've got to the stage now where we're in a really good position," Redfearn said in his press conference. "It's developing kids and we've got kids in and around the first time.

"It's the tip of the iceberg, underneath we've got kids that are as good, if not better. At the moment we're sat on a goldmine, with regards to young talent coming through and I'm really excited about that."

The likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram have all came through the Leeds youth-system to turn into first-team players in recent times and there appears to be hope that many more can continue to follow in their footsteps.

Massimo Cellino, the outspoken Italian owner, has made a number of additions to the squad, most of which have came from Italy, but Redfearn clearly believes that the Yorkshire club can continue to produce its own talent.

Leeds have an enviable youth-system and have developed a reputation as one of the best clubs in the country at bringing through youngsters.

There was a perfect example of this in midweek when Fabian Delph, a player who made his name at Elland Road, went on to make his England debut.

The energetic central-midfielder impressed during both the Three Lions' games against Norway and Switzerland and Leeds will hoping to use him as an example of how far their youngsters can progress in the future. 

Redfearn's immediate attention, though, will be on the current crop in their first-team after being placed in temporary charge. 

The Whites take on Birmingham City this weekend in what looks a winnable game as the team look to progress up the table after a poor start. 

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