Andy Hughes highlights major concern about Leeds United's youngsters, praises Under-16's

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Andy Hughes believes Leeds' young players will be concerned about the pressure of playing in the first team at Elland Road.

Former Leeds United midfielder Andy Hughes has told BBC Radio Leeds that he thinks the club's young players will be concerned about the pressure of playing in the first team.

Leeds bounced back from a thumping 4-0 loss at Brighton by beating Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon, with Mirco Antenucci scoring twice in a vital win for manager Steve Evans.

The win came off the back of a tough few days for Leeds and Evans, who had been embarrassed on national TV, having been 4-0 down inside 37 shambolic minutes at Brighton.

Fans certainly want chairman Massimo Cellino out of the club having staged numerous protests against the Italian, whilst some supporters have turned against manager Evans following that thrashing at Brighton.

Now, former Leeds midfielder Andy Hughes has raised a concern about the club's crop of young players, during a recent interview with BBC Radio Leeds.

Hughes believes that, whilst Leeds have a great group of Under-16 players coming through under Paul Hart, young prospects may be worried about playing for the first team due to the incredible pressure on their shoulders.

The likes of Lewie Coyle, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook all came up through the ranks at Elland Road to become first team players, but are relied upon so heavily that taking them out of the team could severely damage Leeds - and Hughes believes that the current environment at Elland Road wouldn't be appealing to some of the club's young players as they bid to earn first-team football.

"I've been speaking to Paul Hart over the last few weeks, because I'm quite close to Paul from when he was at Charlton, so I asked him what's coming through [the academy]," said Hughes. "I've been and watched a few Under-21 and Under-18 games, and he's got a hell of a group of Under-16's, so thing are looking great - but it's important that these young lads look in the first-team and think 'wow, they're doing it, I want to get in that first team'."

"Do I really want to get in to that first team, with all that pressure? I want to be going into a good environment, it needs to be a lot calmer. Leeds can't keep going up and down, and up and down. It's got to be on an upward curve, slowly, to get where they want to be," he added.

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