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Angus Kinnear identifies Leeds United trio that could well emerge as Bamford-Ayling cover

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Leeds United’s under-23 side are shining in the Premier League 2 this season and the investment in new players is paying huge dividends.

One branch of Andrea Radrizzani’s ownership and investment has been heavily focused on strengthening the club’s academy, with players coming in from far and wide to bolster our youth squads.

Carlos Corberan departed upon promotion and left the under-23s in the safe hands of Mark Jackson, and the club haven’t looked back as they spent big to bring in international talent.

Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Cody Drameh all arrived from English clubs as England youth internationals.

Only Greenwood has made his senior debut out of these three, but performances in the PL2 Division 2 have been outstanding from all three and they are all destined for big things at the club.

Drameh is up for the PL2 Player of the Month award while Gelhardt’s performances have him touted as a potential next ‘Wayne Rooney’.

The trio could be set for more involvement as the season draws to a close and certainly next season when they’ve fully settled into life in West Yorkshire.

Angus Kinnear believes that these three are the ones to watch, and stresses the importance of spending in this area.

“We want to sign players who’ve got a great development future as well,” he told the BBC.

“I think you can see that with what’s happened in the U23s with Gelhardt, Greenwood and Drameh, who I think are all players who have the potential to have an impact in the first-team next season.”

Kinnear is right in his assessment of these three being some of the most likely of the under-23 crop to make the grade.

However, they’re certainly not the only ones edging closer, with Charlie Cresswell and Jack Jenkins already making their debuts.

On top of that, you’ve got the likes of Max Dean and Stuart McKinstry performing remarkably at the moment for their age.

What is most important is that we have a constant crop of players coming through at the moment that are knocking on the door.

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