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Mulhern, Skelton and Erwin have impressed for Leeds United's U21s this season

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Taking a closer look at some of Leeds United's next generation of players.

Leeds United’s senior side has not had the best start to the new campaign, winning just two of their 10 Championship matches (11 in all competitions) to date and heading into the latest international break in 16th place with 11 points from a possible 30.

That said there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic; not least the sheer number of quality young players coming through the ranks right now.

Here we take a look at three current Leeds youngsters who have been excelling for the U21s this season:

Frank Mulhern

Frank Mulhern has been in brilliant form for Leeds' under-21s this season, coming off the bench to score a quick-fire brace in a 3-0 victory against Bristol City before scoring twice again the very next match, this time in a 2-2 draw against Brentford.

At just 18, Mulhern is one to watch; a young Irish striker who has won plaudits for some time and knows exactly where the goal is.

Jake Skelton

Much has been made of Ross Killock’s talent at Elland Road but this season his defensive colleague Jake Skelton has impressed at this level.

The 19-year-old signed a new one-year deal in the summer and it is clear he is doing everything in his power to earn another contract in due course.

Lee Erwin

It has been a mixed start to life in the under-21s for summer signing Lee Erwin, but he is included on this list because of the way he dealt with criticism and came back firing against Queens Park Rangers.

Mulhern outshone him earlier in the campaign but against QPR Erwin scored twice in a 3-3 draw to prove he is willing to get his head down and perform at this level for as long as necessary.

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