Noel Whelan has advised Leeds United trio Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram not to leave the club.
Recent reports suggest that Premier League clubs are interested in the youngsters and could make a move for them in the January transfer window.
Everton and Aston Villa are reportedly monitoring midfielder Mowatt, while Cook and Byram’s recent impressive form has attracted attention from the English top flight.
Former Leeds striker Whelan, who is currently the academy coach at Derby County, believes that the West Yorkshire outfit must resist the potential advances of Premier League clubs for their star players.
‘For their development - and Neil (Redfearn) would agree with me - they are at the best club to develop as players and progress and we need to keep hold of them’, The Yorkshire Post quotes him as saying.
‘They have got their chance and are in the first team and keeping their spots and becoming better and better under Neil and the players around them. So why would you want to move anywhere else?...
‘They are at the best place right now at their stage of their career to go on and get better and better and get the experience and confidence they need.
‘Hopefully during that time, Leeds will get to the Premier League and they will not need to look anywhere else. I think they are at the biggest club in the world, but that’s me; I am biased!’.
It is sound advice from Whelan, and one that the Leeds youngsters should heed.
Mowatt, Cook and Byram all are young and are still developing, and Leeds manager Neil Redfearn is the perfect man to ensure that they continue to do so.
Redfearn knows the Leeds academy inside out and has worked with the trio for years, and he knows how to get the best out of them.
Moreover, Leeds have ambitions to regain promotion to the Premier League. It is a good time to be a player of one of the biggest clubs of England.