Mirco Antenucci claims Leeds youngsters Coyle and Taylor have 'great future' ahead of them

Mirco Antenucci

Mirco Antenucci has praised Leeds youngsters Lewie Coyle and Charlie Taylor.

Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci has told Italian website Tutto Mercato Web that he thinks full backs Charlie Taylor and Lewie Coyle both have bright futures ahead of them.

Antenucci, 31, has hit nine goals this season, including four in his last three games, as the debate rages on over whether he should earn a contract extension this summer.

The Italian is out of contract at the end of the season, and whilst some feel that his recent performances merit a new deal, others believe that Leeds should focus their funds on younger players.

Manager Steve Evans already has some talented youngsters at his disposal in Kalvin Phillips, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, but Antenucci has praised two other young stars.

Speaking to Tutto Mercato Web, Antenucci claimed that left back Charlie Taylor, 22, is a player who has a huge future ahead of him, after he came up through the ranks at Elland Road to become a first team star.

Antenucci also highlighted another full back, Lewie Coyle, as a player to keep an eye on, with the right back making his first-team debut this season under Evans, impressing in his limited playing time so far.

The forward was also asked about the differences between the Championship and the Italian Serie B, and suggested that whilst the Championship is like a mini version of the Premier League, Italian football generally has more young players coming through.

"It's like a small Premier League, in the sense that the spectacle, support in the stands, stadiums and the whole environment are the same as England's top league," said Antenucci. "On field, however, with respect to Serie B there are fewer young players emerging, but among the ranks of Leeds I want to mention Taylor and Coyle: two boys with a great future," he added.

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