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Shaun Derry: Leeds must think long-term and not sell their young players

Former Leeds player Derry wants to see Leeds keep ahold of their young stars.

Speaking to Radio Yorkshire (aired at 07:45), former Leeds defender Shaun Derry has claimed that Leeds need to stop their short-term approach to football, and keep ahold of their young players if they want to enjoy a successful future.

Derry said: “It is imperative that they keep ahold of these young players. The club have got to think not of the short term, but of the long term. Think of the financial gains of the Premier League, and not to sell young players for £3-4 million. Rather than cashing in now and reaping the rewards of £10-12 million for these players, think of the long term rewards of keeping these players.”

The players that Derry is referring to are the impressive talents which have progressed through Leeds’ academy into first-team in recent years, with the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor all impressing.

Due to their prospective talents, and their youth and homegrown status, many of these youngsters have been linked with big money moves to the Premier League in recent months.

The Daily Star claimed Manchester United have been looking at Taylor, whilst Newcastle were linked with a deadline day move for Mowatt back in September, according to the Mirror.

However, Leeds have so far kept ahold of their youngster, who, despite their youth, already form a key core of Uwe Rosler’s first-team.

Derry wants to see Leeds continue this philosophy of building for the future rather than selling the youngsters, especially as the financial benefits of promotion to the Premier League far outweigh the short-term benefits of selling the highly-rated prospects.

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