Quick links


Derry: What the young players at Leeds are still lacking

Ex-Leeds man Shaun Derry believes that the young talents at Elland Road are lacking one thing.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, former Leeds defender Shaun Derry highlighted a key area in which the Whites are lacking to improve their young talents further.

“All the kids can handle the ball and they’re comfortable in possession,” the ex-Notts County boss said. “What’s lacking around them are solid, dependable players at this level; proven quality players who know the Championship.”

The likes of Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor have all progressed through the Leeds academy to cement themselves as key first-team members this season, and their combined development is one of the highlights of the season.

Despite all the off-pitch issues and uncertainty, Neil Redfearn has stabilised the club on the field of play, and the introduction of a host of young players has done much to secure the club’s immediate future.

Yet they are currently holding the club up themselves, and that could prove a task too far for the young group, with them still in the teenage years, or only just out of them.

The host of signings brought to the club last summer have hardly impressed, and this has put a strain of the likes of Cook and Mowatt to play extreme quantities of football this term. They are the only players with experience of England, and whilst the Italian signings adapt, the youngsters are the only thing holding the team together.

They have no on-pitch mentor to learn from, and Derry is right to highlight proven Championship players as being the stars needed for the Whites. Not only will they bring experience and stability to a midfield lacking in both, but they could prove the vital component in guaranteeing the young prospects all develop to the best of their abilities.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch