Massimo Cellino says the younger players love the club more than the financial rewards of their profession.
Leeds United owner and chairman Massimo Cellino used two players to demonstrate a benefit of the club’s youngsters, as he spoke at a press conference covered by BBC Radio Leeds alongside director Adam Pearson.
Cellino cited Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt as examples of the sort of players coming through the youth ranks who are motivated more by their love of the club over the financial rewards of playing professional football.
A large part of the strength in the Leeds academy ironically relates to first team boss Neil Redfearn, with no indication from Cellino over whether ‘Redders’ will stay on for next season.
“We have given him (Cook) a new contract not just because we don't want to sell him but because he deserves it,” said the Italian.
“Cook and Mowatt have been excellent this season, but they play like that not for money but because they love this club.”
The core of younger players who now form a large chunk of the first team are significant for a variety of reasons.
They are very good players and have proven to be competitive in a very difficult and physical league against teams that have some very experienced players.
They also allow the team to retain a close relationship with the club’s support base, which is important considering the adversity the club has had to suffer over the last year.
Regardless of everything going on behind the scenes, the fans know what they are going to get from the younger players because they represent the football club.
It’s now important that other youngsters extend their deals at the club and Cellino makes sue the right man is in place to guarantee the consistency the academy has shown in recent times.