By Nick Ware

17th Apr, 2021 | 7:45am

Andrea Radrizzani claims 'Giant is awake' after Under23s title win

Andrea Radrizzani has made a big claim about Leeds United after the U23s won the PL2 Division 2 title on Friday night.

In a tweet that fans will love he said, “The Giant is awake”.

The young Whites were joined by the hugely experienced Adam Forshaw against Aston Villa at Bodymoor Heath and they knew just a point was required to wrap up the inevitable and secure the championship.

They did so in fine fashion with a 2-1 win with goals from Jack Jenkins and Sam Greenwood, who opened the scoring with a stunning free-kick, before Jacob Ramsey grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.

After Mark Jackson’s side secured the title Leeds owner and chairman Radrizzani sent a special message of congratulations.

He wrote on his personal Twitter profile, “Thank you Adam, coach Mark, all the staff and the boys for another remarkable achievement. The Giant is awake @LUFC!”

Strong statement

Radrizzani is absolutely buzzing and who can blame him, the future looks extremely bright.

The work of Marcelo Bielsa and the first-team squad has been well documented but the achievements of Jackson and his young troops must be held up high as well.

Our talents are up there with the most exciting in the country with Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh two of the stand-out performers this season and they have captivated many Whites supporters who have tuned into their games with the same vigour as Bielsa’s stars.

They’ve caught our eye and we’re sure El Loco has been thoroughly impressed as well, that’s why he’s given them opportunities on the bench this season.

Now it’s about taking the next step and integrating them into senior performers at the highest level and with Radrizzani’s backing added to Bielsa’s expertise it’s a match made in heaven.

With Leeds excelling at senior and youth level the giant is well and truly awake, and it’s ominous for rival clubs who will be quaking at the sight of our ascent back to the elite level.

In other Leeds United news, LUTV pundit blown away by ‘Outrageous’ U23s star v Aston Villa.