Massimo Cellino makes surprising claim about Leeds United's academy

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino claims the club's academy isn't working to its full potential.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has questioned whether the academy at the club could be doing more.

The Leeds academy is considered one of the best in England thanks to the way the infrastructure of that part of the club was developed by current head coach Neil Redfearn.

However, Cellino isn’t happy and has suggested that the production line of talent for the Leeds United first team should be churning out stars on a more frequent basis.

“The academy could do better. They’ve done good, and good enough when you think about what they’ve been through in the last 12 years. But the potential of the academy is 10 times more if it’s done right,” said Cellino in an interview for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The encouraging factor of the Leeds academy can be seen in the form of the players currently having a major impact on the first team such as Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook.

There are also players such as Chris Dawson knocking on the door of the first team, trying to become the next young player to break into the side and that’s productive because it’s a sustainable way of supply a strong core of players who identify strongly with Leeds the football club.

The worrying factor is how unpredictable the team has been this season when those academy talents have been mixed in with summer signings.

It’s about balance and striking the right combination between youth and experience, but it’s taken time for the team to settle as the manager has changed frequently and that’s impacted on results.

Could the Leeds academy be doing more? It could, any academy in the country could be doing more, but it’s proving to be a successful system as it is right now and any forward thinking changes are only going to be productive for the team once Leeds get back into the Premier League.

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