By Joe Ellis

23rd Sep, 2022 | 6:10am

Leeds United must make Andrea Radrizzani academy dream come true

Leeds United have one of the best academies in the country and they have been proving that in the youth leagues for some time.

Joe Gelhardt is the latest success story from Thorp Arch and there are many more currently plying their trade for the Whites’ Under-21 and Under-18 sides.

Players like Crysencio Summerville, Sam Greenwood and Archie Gray are among the youngsters trying to force their own way into Jesse Marsch’s plans on a more regular basis.

Andrea Radrizzani is keen to see the academy produce more and more talented individuals and made the claim that “The future is bright” via his personal Twitter account on the eve of a documentary about the club’s academy is released on Amazon Prime.

Marsch could make the boss’ dreams come true by choosing to invest in the youth he has over making a number of purchases in the transfer windows that are coming up.

Gray can be a competent backup for the likes of Tyler Adams and Marc Roca while Greenwood and Gelhardt will have the club’s striker situation sorted for many years.

Summerville is good enough to play already but Luis Sinisterra and Jack Harrison are in top form at the moment to deny him that opportunity.

Even the likes of Cody Drameh and Charlie Cresswell could have a shout at first-team football but the squad is strong enough that they are having to be patient for their chance.

The latter even headed out on loan which might be an option for other youngsters around the place soon enough.

Sonny Perkins has come in and excelled for the Under-21s alongside Mateo Joseph Fernandez so no matter the issue, the answer is Thorp Arch.

In other Leeds United news, Cresswell has revealed which senior figure at Elland Road gave him sound advice ahead of his Premier League debut.