Leeds United youngster Alex Mowatt has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that any player who genuinely tries hard for the club will be backed by the fans.
Mowatt feels the current squad are producing the type and calibre of players that Leeds fans want to watch, but has also warned any youngsters looking to follow in his footsteps that the supporters have standards.
“The crowd liking you can only be a good thing but they only like you if you play well and put in performances,” he said.
“If I played badly every week then I don’t think the crowd would have much time for me. I doubt they’d be voting for me to win trophies.”
“The fans want to see young players coming through but they’ve got standards. If all four of us were playing rubbish then they’d let us know.”
Leeds have arguably the best youth system in the country, which has supplied a regular selection of younger players who are capable of playing in the first team.
It’s proof of the investment and hard work, which has been put into the academy over the last few years.
However, the Championship is a very competitive division and Leeds United are one of England’s historically big clubs.
Playing for them brings with it a pressure, passion and expectation, which can be overawing for younger players who are weak mentally.
The fans have the ability to make or break a younger player, which increases the importance of those core values centred on passion, commitment and energy.
Mowatt, along with the likes of Lewis Cook, Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor and several others are popular because they have embraced the challenge and have got stuck in, rather than shying away from it.
It seems as though the production of younger players is going to be a key feature of the current setup over the next couple of years and with all of the adversity away from the field, it’s one thing that supporters can be proud of.