Leeds United youngster Luke Parkin has told the club’s official website that he feels there are four or five young forwards to keep an eye on in the club’s under-21 ranks.
Parkin is one of several young players who will be looking to make an impression at the club next season, having signed on the dotted line to remain at Elland Road.
It’s an exciting situation for the younger players, but they are going to have to work very hard to grab the attention of head coach Uwe Rosler.
“I can think of four or five strikers off the top of my head who are going to be in and around the 21s and pushing for the first team,” he told leedsunited.com.
“You’re going to have to be doing well (to get in the team).”
A hint towards transfer strategy
The comments show why Rosler may not look at making further additions in the transfer market in terms of strikers.
The club have already signed Lee Erwin who will provide competition for the more experienced players in the squad.
The likes of Parkin, Lewis Walters and others present fresh options for the manager, if he feels his side needs an injection of youth and pace at any point during the season.
Under-21s have the perfect guide
The biggest positive for the Leeds youngsters is the fact that Neil Redfearn is staying on as the head of the club’s academy.
He’s well placed to offer guidance and advice to the younger players, letting them know exactly where they need to focus their efforts to have an impact for the team.
If they listen to him and work hard on improving their game, they won’t go too far wrong.