Leeds Under-18 coach reveals how the academy is helping the first team

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Jason Blunt was reacting to Leeds Under-18s 2-0 loss to Chelsea last night.

If there's one thing Leeds United can pride themselves on this season, it's the youth among the club's ranks.

It's fair to say the Yorkshire side's first team is full of fresh talent, with a number of younger players leading the way at Elland Road.

And that is in no small part down to the work done at Leeds' academy, where Under-18s coach Jason Blunt plies his trade.

His approach to work almost saw just reward last night as the Under-18s came up against Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup. A 2-0 defeat stopped them in their tracks, however...

But Blunt was still proud of his players, suggesting Leeds looked the better side, and has hinted at how the academy's methods are benefiting the graduates that make it into the first team and the club as a whole.

"It shows we’re doing something right at the academy, the way we’re getting them to play, the attitude and the way they apply themselves," Blunt told Leeds' official website.

"Even when they went down to 10 men, we did it the right way. We tried to pass our way through them. Although it didn’t work, the boys should come away with a lot of credit.

"Now they’ve got to carry on with that, they’ve got to keep that standard up. We’ve been inconsistent this season but they’ve proved to themselves they can do it. It’s the consistency they need to learn if they’re going to make it to professionals.

"We were supposedly playing the cream of the crop of the country. At times it didn’t look like that."

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