The youth team just keeps getting better at Leeds United.
Not content to rest on their laurels after acquiring young ex-Liverpool starlet Madger Gomes, Victor Orta and his scouts have been searching the globe looking for young talent to bring to the club. After being linked with Rayo Vallecano youth product Alejandro Machuca last week, the 19 year old posted a picture of himself wearing a Leeds United kit, confirming that he had indeed signed at Elland Road to join up with the Academy at Leeds.
With all of the transfer activity that is taking place with the first team, it is hard to keep track of the signings meant for the youth team, but the latest player linked with Leeds United spent time with a pretty decent club. PSG youth Harold Voyer is apparently considering signing for Leeds United, with newly promoted Newcastle United and Championship promotion rivals Fulham also in pursuit of the 20 year old defender. The French player is currently out of contract, and is free to sign with any team.
Andrea Radrizzani said from the very beginning that he was interested in not only bringing in players that could help right away, but was also interested in building up the youth system at the club. He hired Ivan Bravo away from the Qatar Aspire Academy because of the work that the ex-Real Madrid executive did there, building up one of the best youth academies in the world from scratch.
While signings like this may not be as exciting as bringing in a new striker or a experienced central defender, which the club said they were looking into, moves like this will ensure that the future of Leeds will be solid. A foundation of quality youth players will help the team stay in the Premier League once the team is promoted. Instead of allowing young talent to leave or be sold, the new ownership is committed to youth and to the development of young talent, as well as using experienced scouts to find talent from home and abroad. And despite sending young Paudie O’Connor back to Elland Road instead of taking him along to Austria, the coaching staff at Leeds appears willing to give youth players a chance.