Leeds United have made a blizzard of signings for their academy this summer already.
After the Whites secured their category one status for the academy, they will now be playing in both the Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy.
This gives Leeds’ younger players stiffer competition, and the chance to play against senior football league sides.
Leeds start their EFL Trophy campaign against Accrington Stanley in eight days time on Tuesday the 8th of September, with the Premier League 2 calendar yet to be released.
There could be a familiar look to the Whites’ side despite the number of new arrivals, but we do expect a couple of those signings to definitely start.
Sam Greenwood and Joseph Gelhardt are the two big names to arrive for the academy, with both pointing out that now is the perfect time to join Leeds.
Our predicted under-23s starting XI for the new season includes both of those players, with the final third previously a real issue for the likes of the now-departed Carlos Corberan.
With Ryan Edmondson out injured last season, Bobby Kamwa was forced to lead the line and we expect him to revert to his usual wide spot for the youngsters.
That leaves the chance for Gelhardt to be the lone striker, with Greenwood in-behind in the Pablo Hernandez-role that has become famous at Elland Road since Marcelo Bielsa arrived.
Stuart McKinstry has just signed a new deal with the Whites, and he will be expected to step up this season after an impressive last season.
Finishing the midfield, we expect will be Niall Huggins and Oliver Casey, with the latter, pushed forward from his defensive role under Corberan.
The back four could have included Cody Drameh, but the new full-back is expected to be with the first-team, leaving that role for the captain Bryce Hosannah.
We have decided to leave out the many senior players who could feature, with under-18s duo Nohan Kenneh and Charlie Cresswell in the heart of defence – both currently impressing in senior training.
Leif Davis could feature at left-back, but could also leave on loan with Stoke and Portsmouth interested. Alfie McCalmont and Robbie Gotts are missing from this XI due to the fact they could leave on loan, and Davis leaving could create a problem at left-back.
Finally, Elia Caprile is expected in goal, with new signing Dani van den Heuvel surely set for a role with the under-18s initially.
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