Taking a closer look at the next generation of promising Leeds United talent.
Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has shown he is not afraid to give young players a chance, and he has been rewarded with some outstanding performances and a glimpse of the future at Elland Road.
But while Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook et al are now vital components of Leeds’ first-team, there are a group of young players who could form the bedrock of the side in the coming seasons, blossoming alongside the players who will be seasoned stars by then.
Here we take a look at five players who look set for long spells in Leeds’ senior side starting in the next few years.
Lewie Coyle (right-back)
Scott Wootton and Gaetano Berardi may currently be the senior right-backs but 19-year-old Lewie Coyle is hot on their heels.
The teenager is a wonderful young talent who should get his chance sooner rather than later, and once he does so, expect him to keep hold of it. He really is that good.
Jake Skelton (centre-back)
Young centre-back Jake Skelton will be hoping to one day take over from Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci and he certainly has the potential to do so.
Still only 18, he has been impressing for the club’s under-21s for some time now and in the next few seasons expect to see more of him in Redfearn’s first-team set-up.
Tyler Denton (midfield)
Tyler Denton is one of the jewels in a particular sparkly crown at Elland Road. The midfielder made his reserve-team debut when he was only 15 and now four years on he continues to impress for the under-21s.
With great athleticism and a wonderful left foot, he could be a future great at the club.
Kalvin Phillips (midfield)
Speaking of future greats, Kalvin Phillips is another who is taking his first tentative steps down that particular road.
The 19-year-old has made the Leeds first-team bench three times this season and it can only be a matter of time before he makes his senior debut.
Robbie McDaid (striker)
Robbie McDaid is an 18-year-old Northern Irish striker who was recently awarded the Ulster Herald’s Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
He has a way to go before breaking into the first-team squad at Leeds but he has the talent to make it…and to stay there.