Leeds United continue to snap up young talent from all across the UK, with U16 goalkeeper Matthew Turner signing for Leeds after traveling with the Academy on its recent trip to Qatar.
Turner comes to Leeds from the Pontardawe Town Academy. Pontardawe is located nine miles northeast of Swansea in Wales, so while it’s not exactly Yorkshire, Turner is still local British talent that the club is pursuing.
Leeds have been rather active in rebuilding the Academy at the club ever since Andrea Radrizzani took over the club. Radrizzani had said last summer that he wanted to build up the youth pipeline at the club, as simply attempting to buy success proves fleeting unless a club is bringing up its own talent as well. Under the guidance of Victor Orta, Leeds brought in a number of high-profile youth players over the summer. The biggest name of those acquisitions was Kun Temenuzhkov, who was signed from Barcelona. Temenuzkhov was named one of the top prospects born in the year 2000 by the Guardian last year.
After the summer, Leeds turned to the domestic market in search of youth players as well, signing teenagers Ryan Edmondson from York City, Sam Dalby from Leyton Orient, and Jordan Stevens from Forest Green Rovers. At the time of the Edmondson transfer, the club said that it wanted to put additional emphasis on signing players from Yorkshire and the UK.
However, don’t expect to see Turner take the pitch for the senior squad for a few years. In addition to the senior goalkeepers Andy Lonergan and Felix Wiedwald, Leeds have a pair of youngsters in Kamil Miazek and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, both of which the club was comfortable enough with to consider sending Lonergan to Sunderland during the January transfer window before the deal fell through at the last minute. Turner will have plenty of time to prove himself in the youth ranks, so we wish him well.