Former Leeds attacker Harry Kewell says no Leeds youngster in his day was allowed to do discuss money.
Former Leeds United winger Harry Kewell has revealed that all youth players at the club were banned from discussing money.
Speaking to WDSport in his capacity as Watford youth coach, Kewell was asked if young players in today's game earn too much too early.
He said: "That’s a problem. We had a rule at Leeds where you couldn’t talk [about money] until you’d played 50 games. Now you play five minutes and you get it.”
Young players at top clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea can earn as much as £20,000 per week before they have even made their first team debuts, which can become a distraction, and make them less hungry to succeed.
Given that Kewell's old academy boss Paul Hart was - up to this week at least - working as Leeds academy coach again, it is a fair assumption to suggest this rule remains in place.
Kewell has had a mixed start to his coaching career at Watford, with the under-21s suffering a couple of bad defeats lately, including a 5-0 loss to Crystal Palace, with WDSport reporting there have even been calls from Hornets fans for him to be replaced.
During his playing days he was an outstanding talent at Leeds, but after joining Galatasaray, a club despised by supporters after two fans were killed by their fans, Kewell he is no longer a popular figure at the club.