By Joe Ellis

13th Jan, 2022 | 1:30pm

Marcelo Bielsa setting Leeds United up for fruitful future

Many people might not realise this, but Leeds United may have one of the brightest looking futures of any team in the Premier League right now.

16th in the Premier League is something of a misleading place given the injury problems Marcelo Bielsa has faced but he has also been able to implement a key ideology into the club during that time.

The Argentine has been keen to see some of Leeds’ own academy products break into the first team and the wealth of injuries he has faced has at least allowed him to give many of them a go and there is no sign he will stop any time soon.

His commitment to the future of the club, even if he isn’t here when it comes to fruition, has been outlined in these last two days with Kris Moore and today (Thursday), Harry Christy signing their first professional deals with the club.

They won’t be the last either as the Under-18s can now see a clear path to the first team and Premier League football if they perform in the youth teams.

A number of academy products have already had minutes in the senior team this season but with the Whites out of the FA Cup, opportunities could become more scarce as they try to avoid a relegation fight this season.

Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood, Crysencio Summerville, Cody Drameh, Liam McCarron, Stuart McKinstry, Charlie Cresswell, Leo Hjelde and Lewis Bate have all made their debuts this season having played for the club’s youth teams.

Very few managers would have the belief in their youngest players to perform on the biggest stage with the majority calling games off this season due to a lack of senior players.

Bielsa and Leeds United only did this when COVID-19 got into the squad which further reduced options.

But when he only had nine fit senior players against Arsenal, he didn’t complain about the situation he was in or ask for a postponement, he just got on with it, admirably.

In other Leeds United news, an expert has raved about this Leeds-linked midfielder touting him as a ‘Bielsa-type’ player.