Former Leeds United forward John Hendrie has told the Middlesbrough official website that Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt have been 'different class' this season.
Hendrie, 51, played for both Leeds United and Middlesbrough during his playing career, and is now looking ahead to a meeting between his two former clubs this weekend.
Title favourites Boro have had a predictably fantastic start to the Championship season, whilst Leeds - under new manager Uwe Rosler - have been solid if unspectacular so far.
Boro certainly head into the game as favourites, as they were when two teams last met at the Riverside Stadium; a game which Leeds won 1-0 against the odds.
A similar display may be needed this weekend, but Boro fans have been warned by their former star Hendrie that they should be wary of facing three Leeds players.
Speaking to the Middlesbrough official website, Hendrie noted that homegrown Leeds stars Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt have been 'different class this season', citing that the club's youth policy is driving the club forward again.
"The strongest thing about Leeds is the young players that have come through the ranks," said Hendrie. "They’ve been absolutely fantastic. The likes of Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt – those three have been different class and I think that’s why the fans have been supportive," he added.
All three youngsters have emerged as key players at Elland Road over the last year, and their futures surely lie in the Premier League at some point - possibly with Leeds, if Rosler can continue his solid work so far this season.