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Paul Hart on the problem Leeds United have managed to solve

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Leeds United academy director Paul Hart took over the role at the start of the month.

Leeds United academy boss Paul Hart has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he has been very impressed by what he has seen at the club so far.

Hart took over as the head of Leeds' academy at the start of the month, succeeding Neil Redfearn in the role.

This is Hart's third spell at Leeds, after he represented the team as a player and as a coach, and he believes that they have cracked an old problem. 

"We’re recruiting in inner-city Leeds which is something I found extremely difficult to do when I was here as a coach," he explained to the Yorkshire Evening Post. "It wasn’t something we ever got on top of or properly broke into. At this time you couldn’t speak to a happier person.”

“Right now I’ve been in three weeks so I’m still trying to get an eye on all the players within the academy – all 150 of them, make some opinions, draw some conclusions. If you look at the productivity it’s still good. There’s a host of homegrown players and Under-21s in the first team. But if we stand still we’ll get caught with our trousers down. Football doesn’t stand still.

“So it’s onwards and upwards and I’m confident we can improve."

Leeds' academy system is already in a healthy place, with their current crop of youngsters the most exciting generation they have produced in some time.

The Whites have managed to nurture a number of their homegrown players into first-team stars, with Lewis Cook, Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt all playing key roles for Uwe Rosler's side. 

The quartet have become the poster boys for what Leeds are trying to build at Elland Road, and there are still plenty of exciting talents in the age-groups below them.

The likes of Kalvin Phillips and Chris Dawson are both threatening to break through, while Lewis Mulhern's form in the under-21 side has been catching the eye. 

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