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Morning Leeds-in for 22 March: Carlos Coberan’s U23s finding their way

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The U23s are starting to gel.

While the first team has been struggling on the pitch during the second half of the season, the U23s have suddenly started to catch fire. They’re two points off the playoffs, and they’ve even sent a couple players, Tom Pearce and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, to the first team. Carlos Coberan said:

The performance of the team now is great.

We’re six games unbeaten and the players are showing they’re ready to win games and ready to be competitive. One very positive thing is that we believe a lot in us. We’re in the right way to finish the competition. The first part of the league wasn’t strong enough but the reaction of the team was great. We’re happy too because we’re helping the first team.

So the foundations are being built for future success. As much as the team has struggled after Boxing Day and as much as this season has been disappointing, quality coming through the youth ranks will ultimately pay off. Leeds can’t spend money like the parachute payment clubs can, so the only way to get the players needed for promotion is to develop them. We’ll see in a couple years if all the hype about these players is justified.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Contract talks have apparently opened between Pablo Hernandez and Leeds. [Through It All Together]

Academy midfielder Bobby Kamwa signed a professional contract today with Leeds. [Through It All Together]

The fan who was hit by a car outside Elland Road a few weeks ago got a tour of Thorp Arch today. [Leeds United.com]

England and English Football Links

Recurrently Generated Football League is in action. Check it out. [Cartilage Free Captain]

A look at how Sunderland moved from Roker Park to the Stadium of Light. First part of a series. [Roker Report]

World Football Links

Juventus’ season turnaround has been because of Paulo Dybala. [Black & White & Red All Over]

A look into how Felipe Luís of Atlético Madrid made it to La Liga. [Into the Calderon]

Adam Owen, who is currently part of the Wales coaching staff, tells his tale of coaching in Poland. [BBC.com]

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile says that he will feel “pain” this summer when the World Cup kicks off and Italy won’t be playing. [Football-Italia.net]