Three Leeds United youngsters have been tipped to make the first-team in the future by a player aiming to do just that.
Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor knows all about the challenge of earning a first-team chance at Elland Road.
The 21-year-old left-back has made just two appearances this season, with Stephen Warnock the undisputed first-choice in that position as things stand.
But while Taylor is hoping for more chances of his own under Neil Redfearn he has also tipped some of his younger teammates to be knocking on the manager’s door in due course.
In an interview with the club’s official website, the former Fleetwood Town loanee said, “We’ve seen Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram. There’s a lot of young ones coming through as well like Chris Dawson.
Phillips has recently been praised by Redfearn himself and his two-goal performance for the under-21s last week means he could well be the next youngster to taste first-team action at the club.
But as well as Phillips, Taylor name-checked both Purver and Denton, proving just how deep the well goes in terms of bright young talent in the Leeds Academy that Redfearn knows so well.
Purver is a midfielder who has put in solid performances for Leeds’ younger sides this season while Denton is played above his age-ranges in the past and could so again after starting for Leeds’ reserve team when he was just 15.
Back in 2011 Redfearn hailed Denton as “a good athlete with a fantastic left foot” and said he was capable of taking steps up that at first glance may appear too big for him.
Could the same soon be said when he tastes first-team action?