Kenny warns Leeds not to make big mistake with youngsters
Leeds United must be careful not to overload their youth squad as this could jeopardize the progress of recent years.
That’s according to former White goalie Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football initiate after Leeds released their “Season by Numbers” report last Sunday.
The report showed that Leeds youngest player in 2020-21 was 20-year-old Niall Huggins, who made just one 37-minute substitute appearance.
But the Leeds Under-23 were crowned Premier League 2 Division 2 champions in April and have a squad brimming with early talent.
The likes of Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood particularly impressed but did not make the leap to senior football.
Meanwhile, Ian Poveda and Jame Shackleton, both 21, were only used sparingly by Marcelo Bielsa during the campaign.
Kenny has warned Leeds not to prioritize developing youngsters over the here and now, saying it would be better to send young players on loan.
“Leeds have had an incredible season”, he said Football initiate correspondent Adam Williams.
“They have to be careful not to throw out too many youngsters at once because they don’t want to stop the progress they’re trying to make.
“For me you have to build them and I hope some of them will. Obviously, some of them won’t.
“Do you throw them away and start losing games?” Then you might have to drop them and have a bad start to the season. You have to be very careful with these young boys.
“Leeds are now a Premier League club. It’s not like the championship where you have a little more leeway to launch the youngsters. You have to be a little more selective.
“More loans would be a better option. Playing time when you are a young player is so important.
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