Yorkshire latest: Four Leeds academy prospects backed for success; Gray on Maghoma

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Four Leeds youngsters with bright future

Leeds United youth-coach Jason Blunt has identified four youngsters who could follow Lewis Cook into the first-team in the future. 

The Whites U18's take on Chelsea tonight and Blunt believes it could be the perfect opportunity for four of his prospects to prove to Neil Redfearn they are ready to make the step-up. 

“We have a lot of bright talents. There’s the likes of Frankie Mulhern, who is bright and has scored a lot of goals for us and played in the under-21s," he said to the Yorkshire Post.

"There’s another lad called Piteu Crouz, who is nice and bubbly, while there’s also Robbie McDaid and Jack Vann, who goes away with England at under-16s and under-17s level.”

Gray backs Jacques Maghoma

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has defended Jacques Maghoma, after the winger has faced criticism for his recent performances.

Maghoma has struggled as badly as any Owls player for goals this season, but Gray feels that he is not the only one suffering with a loss in form.

“Everybody has a dip in form," he told the Sheffield Star. “It’s not just Jacques. There are other players who have probably not got to the heights that they did on a consistent level last season.”

Vaughan edges closer to return

Huddersfield Town striker James Vaughan is moving closer to a return from injury, after playing 45 minutes for the development side.

Vaughan has been out since September, but got his first game time yesterday evening when the Terriers' U21 side took on Sheffield Wednesday.

Huddersfield won the game 3-1. 

Clough on what Blades are working on

Sheffield United are working hard to start games better so that they can have leads to defend, according to Nigel Clough.

The Blades have made a habit of allowing opposition teams to score the first goal in the match and Clough is determined to stop this from happening. 

"We’re working hard to make sure that we score first because we don’t want to give our opponents anything to hang on to,” Clough said to the Sheffield Star. “That’s something we’ve not done enough lately.”

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