The inclusion of foreign talent in Leeds’ youth ranks could be a brilliant move in the future, but could also be very costly.
Leeds are renowned for allowing youth prospects trained through to academy to star for the first team, with players like Peacock-Farrell, Phillips, Vieira, Denton and most expectedly Lewie Coyle next season all in the first team picture.
However, with the influx of new additions from around Europe, the potential of home grown talent coming through may be stunted by such moves.
One example is that of Moise Kroma, a 17-year old forward who was heralded last season for the under 18’s as a future star due to his blistering pace and eye for goal.
However, the club have now informed the Ivorian national but still English prospect that he will not be offered any extended terms hen his scholarship is concluded in the summer.
This has caused Kroma to look elsewhere and the young forward is now set to join Premier League side Burnley on trial to prove his worth.
Losing young talent is inexcusable and hopefully the development staff have made the right call on Kroma’s development and it’s simply not a case of signings coming before an academy star.
By Ryan Ingham