Neil Redfearn: Leeds United can beat Chelsea and Manchester City to top talents

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Neil Redfearn is confident Leeds United have a big pull for young talents.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn is bullish about the club's chance to beat top clubs to bright talents in the local area.

He believes the strong reputation of the academy, coupled with a long history of bringing through young players, ensures Leeds get their pick of the next top footballers in the area.

Speaking to Radio Leeds, he said: "I think its (the academy) respected and its encouraged, it's wanted by the supporters.

"This club's got a proud tradition of right back to Revie days when the club had no money, and Revie brought top players in at that time, who started as kids at Leeds United. Supporters are aware of that tradition, they like to have their own in.

"You get people throwing money at it like Chelsea and Manchester City but they don't get the Leeds kids, they don't get the best Leeds kids, because you know they are coming to Leeds. That's the problem some of these sides face."

Redfearn has reason to be a proud and vocal supporter of the academy, for his previous role had him in charge, before he earned a route through to become head coach of the first team.

There players including Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt have all broken through from the academy, showing the talent it produces is as strong as ever.

He went on to add that academies at many big clubs lack 'soul', and cannot simply be built from scratch and have money thrown at them.

If there's ever a case to back his point, it's former Leeds duo Michael Woods and Tom Taiwo who left the academy for Chelsea almost a decade ago, but never broke into the first team and are playing at Hartlepool and Falkirk respectively.

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