Leeds United are going to explore the youth market once again in the summer transfer window, with Celtic and Rangers being monitored. That’s according to Phil Hay.
The Whites clinched promotion to the Premier League back in July and wasted no time in the transfer window.
Victor Orta’s scouting helped bring in six players to bolster the under-23s side in the summer.
These included highly-rated duo Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt, as well as Cody Drameh and Crycensio Summerville.
After a stunning season, Mark Jackson has the under-23s a point away from promotion to the Premier League 2 Division One.
The focus on youth players has paid off tremendously. Marcelo Bielsa has continued to lean on youngsters to fill gaps in his first-team squad.
Pascal Struijk’s rise to prominence this season a testament to the method more than anyone.
This summer, first-team signings will take the focus. Orta, however, has a few plates spinning.
Reports have recently linked Leeds to Wigan Athletic youngster Sean McGurk, and it’s more proof of Leeds’ interest in youth players.
Now, Phil Hay has reported in The Athletic that Leeds are once again looking to youngsters in the transfer window.
It could see Leeds target both Celtic and Rangers for such a transfer in the summer.
In his latest piece, Hay wrote:
Leeds are believed to be looking at juniors at Celtic and Rangers, along with youngsters at Brighton and Bradford City.
Orta has plans to enhance their scouting system further by creating a bigger and more detailed data department, covering transfers at all levels.
Leeds think the Premier League 2 table as it stands is a vindication of their model, and proof that they are getting it right.
It’s promising that we’re so keen to bring in young players every transfer window.
Not only are we looking to plug gaps in the first team, but these signings show the long-term vision is strong.
I expect an influx of players again this summer for the under-23s, especially with PL2 promotion almost a certainty.
Gelhardt, Greenwood, and Drameh have all proven the value in this branch of investment. Plus, they’re not the only ones.
Another thing is that we’re buying from top clubs. We’re taking promising talent from academies we’re looking to be as good as.