In an exceedingly busy summer of recruitment for Leeds United, the club are moving in the right direction on and off the field.
One facet of Leeds' summer dealings has been the acquisition of an abundance of new first team players that have joined the club to add strength in depth for new head coach Thomas Christiansen.
Signings like Ezgjan Alioski, Matthew Pennington, Vurnon Anita and Samu Saiz have been keeping Leeds in the headlines as they pushed past plenty of competition for their summer buys.
However, these players are not the only talented stars to recently join the club with Leeds' scouting network now operating as a youth recruitment agency alongside the first team picture.
Leeds have been rather ambition in signing high profile players for their development squad this summer but they have kept one thing intact when making these acquisitions; each one of them has been very low key.
The development squad have seen no fewer than five players sign on this summer including Oriol Rey, Alejandro Machuca, Madger Gomes, Ousama Siddiki and Adrian Balboa.
The interesting thing is the fact these players are joining with impressive reviews from high profile clubs including Barcelona and Real Madrid youth teams.
The rationale behind this seems to keep other clubs for beating us to the punchline but also keeps any information about said player quiet and how much outlay the club has made to bring these players in.
What we are seeing is a clever move into a more established football team that not only relies on its own youth players but also youth players from across the globe in order to successfully endow the first team with more additional support.
Clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal have been doing this for a long period of time and it seems that Leeds are now following suit in order to compete at the highest level.
All together you are now seeing a more rounded and up to date football club than we have seen since the days Sgt Wilko blessed our pitch with his incredible insight.
With everything looking forward; from scouting to management, youth stars to recruitment and the club having its ground back, Leeds are on the up.
By Ryan Ingham