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Next season could see Alex Purver's breakthrough at Leeds United

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds United

The Leeds United youngster has the talent to succeed at Elland Road.

General view outside the stadium before the game - Leeds United

Every summer another batch of players from clubs up and down the country are released, their dreams temporarily or, in some cases permanently, ended. But there are also those who are offered new deals and fresh opportunities.

At Leeds United, five under-21 players were offered new contracts recently, among them midfielder Alex Purver.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Those Leeds fans who watch the second string on a regular basis would be forgiven for wondering just what the 20-year-old has to do to get a chance in the senior side. But under new manager Garry Monk, next season could finally see Purver’s breakthrough.

The under-21 captain is a solid, talented and reliable option in the team, and were it not for the likes of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt perhaps Leeds fans would have already seen Purver take his place among the first-team squad.

Whatever the reason, Purver will know he cannot continue in the under-21s for ever and this summer he will have the perfect chance to impress Monk during pre-season.

Elland Road

Some of Leeds’ next generation will not make it, but Purver should and it will be interesting to see what the next 12 months have in store for him.

He now needs to impress yet another new manager, but the same can be said of all Leeds’ players, young and old, so Purver has as much chance as anyone if he performs to his full potential.

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