Sam Byram has praised the youth players at Leeds United.
21-year-old Sam Byram, along with Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor, have all become regulars in the Leeds side under Neil Redfearn, and he has told Sky Sports that his young teammates can play at the highest level.
“I know these boys inside out and I believe in them,” the full-back said.
“They can play at the top level and this is an exciting time for the club. The most pleasing thing you can do is when you develop players and turn them into top class players and we like that idea here.”
Byram is something of a veteran in relation to Cook, Mowatt and Taylor, who have all broken on to the scene properly this season, and he is returning to his best form after a poor spell at the beginning of this campaign.
It is Cook who has been the real success story of the season, progressing from youth level to a key first-team member at the age of just 18. He has 37 appearances to his name this term - missing just two Championship games - and has worked his way into the England youth set-up.
Mowatt has been similarly impressive this season, but he made an impact during the last campaign, and it is the breakthrough of Cook which is the real success.
If Byram, who has grown with these young players through the Whites academy, believes they can play at the top level, it would be wise to heed his words, and Leeds should be looking to do all they can to keep hold of their talented stars for the long-term future.