By Dave Woods

14th Nov, 2019 | 11:16am

MOT View: Derby show lack of class after horror show for Leeds Under-23s

The Leeds Under-23s had a standout campaign last season, winning the PDL National title after beating Birmingham City on penalties.

They also made it to the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup, beating Newcastle United, Southampton and Fulham before falling to the Magpies in the semi-final.

Their strength was cited as part of the change Marcelo Bielsa had swept in, along with the close ties between him and Under-23s manager Carlos Corberan.

Corberan’s side was brought back down to earth last night by a strong Derby Premier League 2 outfit, who swept into a 4-0 lead after 30 minutes before ending up 7-1 victors on the night in the PL Cup fixture, with the Leeds consolation coming in injury time.

The Derby side had some first-team players in, including Mason Bennett, but given how many first-team players regularly grace the Leeds Under-23 side, that’s not anything unusual.

The only players for Leeds with first-team experience last night were Leif Davis and Ryan Edmondson – the former hasn’t started this season and Edmondson has only ever made two cameo appearances.

It was a young side and they were completely taken apart by Derby in what was probably the worst Under-23s performance we’ve seen since Bielsa arrived.

Most of the goals were preventable and it will have been a rough experience for the players.

However, that won’t have been helped by a tweet from the official Derby Academy Twitter page this morning that was retweeted by the official Derby account.

It said, “L̶e̶e̶d̶s̶ ̶U̶n̶i̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶b̶e̶a̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶m̶s̶e̶l̶v̶e̶s̶ #DCFCU23s beat Leeds United 7-1 in the #PLCup last night!” and added a flame emoji. 

You can maybe understand the Academy page getting carried away but the official Derby page retweeting it is just classless.

These are young players fighting for a career in a very tough and competitive environment. There’s a saying “Get it quietly” and Derby would be best advised to take stock of it.

Their over-the-top celebrations after beating Leeds in the play-off semi-final last year didn’t end up working out that well for them.

As for the Under-23s, it’s all part of the learning experience, but it might stop some fans saying some of the talented Under-23s players deserve immediate call-ups to the senior squad. The jump up, as this proved, is a big one.

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