Andrea Radrizzani is right, Leeds United’s academy is thriving.
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani worried fans by admitting there is a difficult transfer window ahead, and that he plans to look to the academy to strengthen.
His comments to The Mail sparked concerns among fans that the club do not have money to spend sufficiently this summer.
That will be shown one way or another over the coming weeks, but it’s hard to argue he is wrong about the academy.
Leeds have a number of top young players, starring for the under-23s or out on loan.
Add these six in, and Leeds’ squad is so much stronger next season. It certainly reduces the need to spend in an over the top fashion.
Leeds’ top scorer at under-23 level, Edmondson appears ready for first team action. It won’t be a surprise to see him challenging for a place.
He looks physically ready, and has not stopped scoring since his move from York City a year ago.
Gotts has been a regular on the Leeds bench in 2019 but is yet to make his debut. That will change next season.
While he can play at full-back, his best position this season has been on the wing. It’s a position where Leeds’ options are thin, and it’s easy to see him breaking through.
Wilks looked nailed on for a role next season after an outstanding season on loan at Doncaster Rovers.
He scored 16 goals in all competitions and his versatility to play on the wing or up front counts in his favour.
Coyle has spent 18 months on loan at Fleetwood, playing more than 80 games.
He can be a valuable squad player, capable at full-back and even featuring in midfield this season. He deserves his shot.
Leeds’ January signing from Poland, Bogusz already looks like a first team level talent starring for the under-23s.
The teenager recently made Bielsa’s bench and a strong pre-season showing can clinch a first team role. It’s only a matter of time.
Another versatile star, Diaz may be the closest Leeds have to Kalvin Phillips. He can play in central defence or anchoring the midfield, and should be the type of player Marcelo Bielsa loves to work with.
The former Deportivo talent has captained the under-23s and looks ready to be tested at a higher level.