By Sam Stone

17th Jun, 2022 | 9:10am

Leeds United links to Romeo Lavia further highlight superb youth policy at Elland Road

Leeds United targetting Manchester City’s 18-year-old midfielder Romeo Lavia further highlights the club’s superb youth recruitment policy in recent years.

After a 2021/22 campaign that was shadowed by negativity and relegation worry, it is time to be positive heading into the summer and the 2022/23 season.

More specifically, one aspect of Leeds’ good work of late needs further praise.

The Whites have seen academy graduates flirt with first-team opportunities with Charlie Cresswell a good example of a player who has come through the ranks at Elland Road and will go on to become an excellent player for the Yorkshire side.

However, what is more impressive is Leeds’ ability to pick up players under the age of 20 from other clubs’ academies and develop them in their under-23 side before giving them first-team chances.

As revealed by The Athletic on Thursday 16 June Leeds are looking to pursue a deal for highly rated Lavia.

Furthermore, it was also reported by The Athletic on 2 June that the Whites were looking to sign West Ham’s 18-year-old striker Sonny Perkins and Birmingham’s George Hall.

The Whites are gaining a reputation for becoming an excellent environment for younger talent to develop and gain much-needed first-team experience.

Lewis Bate and Joe Gelhardt are two players that will give any potential signing hope that they will succeed at Elland Road.

The chances that Leeds give their young players could well be a big draw that gives the Whites the edge when looking to pursue new targets.

Lavia should be relishing the chance to make the move the Elland Road and make an immediate impact on proceedings.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are readying a new bid for a blockbuster striker signing according to Phil Hay after Premier League survival