Leeds United slipped to defeat on Saturday and subsequently sacked their manager, but the age of their midfield suggested better days are to come.
Leeds United started the match against Wolverhampton Wanders on Saturday with a midfield four with a combined age of just 81.
In fact, were it not for the presence of 25-year-old Tommaso Bianchi, the average age would have dropped considerably, with Alex Mowatt (19), Lewis Cook (17) and Adryan (20) completing the midfield quartet.
Much had been written about Darko Milanic’s start to life as Leeds’ head coach and the swift end to his tenure, but the simple fact is the Whites have a number of talented youngsters who do not look out of place in the Championship; in fact they are some of the divisions brightest talents.
Leeds have been away from the Premier League for too long, a fact acknowledged by Milanic when he first took charge.
There was no grand declaration of immediate promotion, just a comment that the long-term plan was to get Leeds back in the English top flight.
The former Sturm Graz boss has since departed, but the young players remains, and while Adryan is only at the club on loan - at least for now - there are plenty of permanent positives for Leeds fans licking their wounds again this morning.
With the young players at their disposal, there is every chance that if and when Leeds do get back to the top, they will remain, with a core group of players who are growing up together, improving together and suggesting that the future will be a bright one at Elland Road.
Even more so when you consider that Neil Redfearn is now back in the role some suggested he should never have left last month.
After all, he has worked so brilliantly with the youngsters in his role in the academy showed he was more than up to the task when he took temporary charge prior to Milanic's appointment.