Leeds United defender Sam Byram has told the club’s website what he sees as the key for any youngster following him out of the club’s academy.
Byram is a great example for any younger player at Leeds over what can be achieved if they are willing to get their heads down and work hard enough.
He’s offered up some advice to the next generation of younger players, suggesting what really helped him as he progressed through the early stages of his career in the first team.
“The big thing with the Academy is you have to be comfortable on the ball. It isn’t so much about positions, just being comfortable. That has helped me, undoubtedly,” he said.
Leeds are a team at their best when they keep the ball down and control possession.
The first team has some very good players who cash in when the team plays slick pass and move football, based around dominating the ball.
However, another main reason that so many younger players have excelled is as Byram suggests; because they have been made to feel comfortable as they go about their business.
Neil Redfearn deserves huge credit for that because he’s judged well when to throw a younger player into the team and when to hold him back to be put in at a later point.
The academy is so important at Leeds because the younger players form the spine of the side for several generations.
The quality of the younger players at the club is superb and it’s one constant at Elland Road, when there has been so much change and adversity in other areas.