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Steve Evans holds these 20-year-old talents in same bracket as Byram, Cook and co

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Kalvin Phillips and Lewie Coyle are highly thought of by Steve Evans.

Leeds United have picked up a well deserved reputation for developing top young talent in recent times.

The current first team is brimming with well produced talent - including the likes of Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor.

But the club have other young players coming through the ranks who may have not yet made the same grade but nonetheless carry great potential.

Two such players would be Kalvin Phillips and Lewis Coyle.

The former was first given his chance at the club by former boss Neil Redfearn whilst Coyle was recently handed his Leeds debut by Evans.

This weekend Leeds face Rotherham and Redfearn in the FA Cup and changes are likely.

Speaking in his press conference earlier today Leeds boss Evans made it clear how highly he thought of the young pair and that they may very well be involved at the weekend.

He told BBC Radio Leeds:

"When I came in and looked at the squad I looked at the boy Phillips and I thought 'you can play as well, you're in this little elite group with Taylor and Byram and Mowatt and Cook and the likes of Lewie Coyle.

"Both those lads (Coyle and Phillips) will be in the 18 on Saturday. Whether we decide to pluck them in and play them I'll decide that with my staff in the morning."

It is great to hear that Leeds' first-team graduates are seemingly being backed up by more talents from the youth team with Coyle and Phillips, both 20-years-old, looking to become regular members of the first-team set-up.

With plenty of other youngsters catching the eye in the Leeds youth-team you can guarantee these pair will not be the last talents to break into the fore.

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