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Whelan: Leeds youngsters need these three qualities to impress

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has suggested the club's younger players need to show three qualities.

Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan has said the current crop of youngsters at the club need to display a particular set of qualities to succeed.

Whelan started his Leeds career in a similar position to the likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt among others and had to fight his way into the senior side.

He’s suggested that any young players at Leeds right now need to show three qualities, to create an impression on Neil Redfearn and to stay in the first team once they get there.

“Sometimes you must have that arrogance, determination and doggedness about you to keep your place,” he’s quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Redfearn has previously described the Leeds youth team system as the best in the country and he also benefits from having one of the biggest squads in the Championship.

The worry for the current youngsters in and around his side is that as soon as they hit a small patch of inconsistency, they could be replaced and find it difficult to get back into the first team.

Therefore it’s reasonable from Whelan to suggest that they need to show an edge to try and give themselves an advantage but ultimately, they have to perform when they are given the chances to do so by their manager.

It’s a good position for Redfearn and the club to be in because not only does it keep everyone in the first team on their toes, it keeps everyone in the youth system trying to break into the first team on their toes.

The arrogance helps belief, the determination helps players get through difficult periods and the doggedness helps improve consistency. It’s not bad advice.

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