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Steve Evans keen to sign more youngsters at Leeds United

Leeds United signed Paul and Jack McKay from Doncaster Rovers yesterday.

Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that he discussed a tactic for Leeds United to ensure that they still had talent in their youth system when he was appointed as manager.

Leeds have fast-tracked many of their most talented youngsters into their first team, and it has meant that the quality of the groups working at under-21 and under-18 level at Elland Road isn’t as strong as it once was.

Evans wants to replenish these age-groups, and the additions of Paul and Jack McKay from Doncaster Rovers are the first steps in doing this.

“They’re youth development players," Evans said.

“We have robbed Paul Hart of his players, because we’ve taken the Cooks and the Mowatts.

"We also have Lewie Coyle in our first team now, and it leaves a gap of players.

"It was one thing I identified when I first came in and between the president, Paul Hart and myself we decided that we would try and add to that group from clubs from the lower leagues.”

The McKay twins both signed for Leeds yesterday, becoming the third and fourth players brought to Elland Road in the January transfer window.

It appears that they have not been lined up for first team roles this season, but their talents are well known.

Leeds beat West Ham United to the youngster’s signatures, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, and the reputation of their youth system may have had something to do with that.

The Whites already have the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram, Kalvin Phillips, Lewie Coyle and Charlie Taylor playing first team roles after graduating from their youth academy.

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