Leeds are now back and meaner than ever as preseason looms and the signings come highly regarded.
But Leeds' attention should not be turned just to potential first team signings for an immediate impact, but youth within English football that could propel through the first team at the earliest opportunity.
Although we have a stellar youth academy and young players that are ready to burst into the first team; Malik Wilks, Clarke Odour, Callum Nicell and Eoghan Stokes to name a few. There's plenty of room in the budget and development squads to add some key players.
Here's five players that could not only bolster the development squad but also be handy additions to Leeds' first team squad.
Although this may be a player that would want first team opportunities at the earliest opportunity, he won't be getting any at his parent club Manchester City and will be tired of going out on loan.
The young winger with a bright future would surely be available for the right price and would be no kind of gamble for Leeds United. The squad in its current state is looking short of influential wide players with Hadi Sacko, Stuart Dallas and potentially Kemar Roofe the only players to be wingers in the squad.
The 20-year old is known for his pace, skill and ability to perform on either wing perfectly.
His recent loan spell with Dutch outfit NAC Breda is set to expire and Leeds should well be looking at testing Manchester City's resolve in whether they would like to cash in on the youngster who is valued at around £250k.
The talented youngster broke into a cash-strapped Blackburn Rovers side and has blossomed since his first opportunity.
Traditionally a right back, Nyambe can occupy a multitude of positions across the defensive line, most convincingly as a mean central defender.
With Nyambe comes a sense of maturity at a young age after he had been thrown in at the deep end at Ewood Park playing a full season at the age of 18. He's strong and can outmuscle players and with youth can only progress in his role.
The young defender only has 12 months remaining on his contract of the relegated Lancashire side and Leeds could save some serious cash and bring in a brilliant prospect for their squad.
Many fans will have heard of this young star as he has once again shown the fantastic youth setup at Crewe Alexandra.
Cooper is one of the reasons that Crewe avoided relegation last season, picking up an impressive eight goals and nine assists.
The 20-year old is an attacking force with pace and skill and is deadly in front of goal. All aspects of his gameplay scream of a younger Kemar Roofe at his time at Oxford and Leeds could snap this one up before it costs them over £2.5million.
Cooper has recently had his contract extended by the club due to a clause in his contact but firmly has his sites set further up the leagues.
Twelve months remaining and improving with each game? Crewe will be wise to get any money they possibly can for the youngster, with a fee of around £350k enough to bring the player to Elland Road.
Conor Chaplin is the chips to Chris Woods fish, the accompanying partner that creates the perfect partnership of braun and pace.
The Portsmouth youngster has been attacking some interest for some time and it's now looking like he's ready for a step up.
The 20-year old is adapt at finding space in the final third of the pitch and although needs time to make that next step in football, he could blossom at an academy like ours before showing true promise in the first team.
With Pompy recently being promoted it's likely that they will want to keep on of their prized assets, but if Leeds can reach their asking price of around £600k and sweeten the deal with a loan player or allow him to stay on loan for the season, Chaplin could be a gem for years to come.
With a name like that, our scouts could still consider Costello to be a foreign prospect and get a deal across the line in quick fashion.
Costello is our second Blackburn Rovers youngster on this list and is a future England senior player in all regards but the biggest issue will be where he will actually play. He's a very versatile player and by that I mean, the lad can just about play anywhere between defence and midfield.
The 17-year old is yet to make a first team appearance but has played both full back and wing positions along with roles in central midfield and has looked comfortable in all of them for Blackburns development squad.
A former Manchester United academy player, Costello still has two years remaining on his youth contract but with Blackburn relegated and poor, Leeds should have little issue in picking up this wonderkid on the cheap.
So there you have it, some brilliant prospects who could be future stars at Elland Road.
Would you like to see any of these players feature for Leeds United or are their others you'd like to see at Elland Road? Have your say in the comments below!
By Ryan Ingham
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