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Leeds United's match against Watford could have long-term impact on squad

If Leeds United defeat Watford later this month it will prove their young players have what it takes to build a successful future at Elland Road.

Later this month Leeds United travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and that encounter will go a long way to showing just how good the Whites’ exciting young squad is.

Watford have impressed since returning to the top flight and while Leeds have struggled in the Championship, this match could have long-lasting consequences for Steve Evans and his players.

A win for Leeds would prove the likes of Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt can compete against Premier League opponents and it could also give them the confidence to kick on next season and finally earn promotion back to the top flight.

It would also ensure Leeds have plenty to play for in a season that could otherwise peter out, with a play-off push pretty much impossible and safety all but secured, and that should not be understated.

After all, look how Leicester City took their outstanding end-of-season form and used it as a catalyst for an unlikely title charge just a few months later.

Leeds have some wonderful young players and the match against Watford is the perfect chance for them to shine, potentially giving them the belief that they can achieve their long-term dreams at Elland Road in the process.

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