New We All Love Leeds writer Ryan Pinnick picks out some of the rising stars at Lufc and proves that the likes of Cook, Mowatt and Byram may not be the last to star in a white shirt.
Neil Redfearn once said that Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor are the tip of the Iceberg when it comes to the Academy. These four have proven to be fantastic players for Leeds and have at times we have had to rely on them to save a team often filled with senior pro's.
But are they the best our academy has to offer?
Kalvin Phillips has had a taste of first team action and has proven he can hold his own. Chris Dawson has also had a taste of first team action, along with Lewis Walters, Lewie Coyle and Alex Purver knocking on the door. However, it's the even younger players who are really tipped for greatness.
Last seasons Under 14's won 27 out of 29 games, beating the likes of Manchester United and Everton along the way. This team included a player named Theo Hudson, who scored 17 goals. The development of Hudson has forced scouts from the top teams in England to turn up at Thorpe Arch and attempt to poach him from Leeds. The right winger has represented England above his age group and was nicknamed 'Mini Messi' by former academy manager Neil Redfearn.
Other players to look out for include players like Tom Pearce, who played at left back against Chelsea in the Fa Youth Cup last season and impressed everyone watching. However, it is further up the field that he is really starting to show his potential. Pearce has been playing on the wing for the u18s and u21s and this has resulted in him scoring some spectactular goals.
Others to keep an eye out for are 1st team scholars Jovanni Sterling, a strong tough tackling ball playing CB and Clarke Oduor, an attacking midfielder with pace great control and a good finish.
All Leeds fans can agree that we would hate to lose Cook/Mowatt/Taylor and Byram but one thing is for sure.
There are plenty more where they came from.
By Ryan Pinnick
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