By Farai Diza
When born and bred Yorkshire boy Jonny Howson packed his bags and departed to Norwich, very few fans predicted that the Leeds juggernaut would puff out some white smoke in the mould of young players.
Back then, dark oil was slowly steaming out and players were streaming out through the cracks. Max Gradel left, Bradley Johnson and Robert Snodgrass all departed.
But the emergence of Dom Poleon, Tom Lees and Sam Byram has brought some stupendously good news back at Elland Road.
Poleon has been the darling of the pre- season tour. The 19-year-old - an academy product originally recruited from Southend United – has been in scintillating form, grabbing top notch goals and his presence will undoubtedly shake up things up front.
Both Byram and Lees had an amazing 2012/13 season that saw them being called up for international duty and having youngsters at the club donning that traditional white jersey mirrors hope for the club.
I would like to see the likes of Zac Thompson, Chris Dawson and Charlie Taylor all in the team but just can’t see it happening at the moment. Brian will surely bring them in slowly. Alex Cairns is still shaky in goals but in time could be just what the
doctor is ordering.
I think Brian has realised that he now has a raft of kids coming through that are probably as good as anything he can get outside the Premiership, they will hopefully be the difference this season.