By Mark Smith

23rd Jun, 2020 | 7:00pm

Leeds set to learn fate of major academy upgrade in early July - report

Leeds United are set to learn whether their academy status will be upgraded to Category One in early July, according to Training Ground Guru.

It was first reported in March that the Whites had applied for the status of their academy to be upgraded, with no decisions being made as of yet.

Leeds are currently a category two academy, and an upgrade in status would allow them to feature in the Premier League 2 alongside some of the country’s best youth teams.

Training Ground Guru have reported that six clubs are set to discover their fate in the coming weeks after full compliance audits were postponed in February and March because of the Coronavirus.

Fears that those audits were set to be cancelled for the entire year have been put to bed and they should now take place remotely.

That will mean that should Leeds be successful in their application, they could return to action next season as a Premier League academy – a big step up for Carlos Corberan’s youngsters, who have impressed in the Professional Development League.

Victor Orta has spoken of the importance of this upgrade previously, claiming that he and Andrea Radrizzani have been working towards that ever since they arrived.

Just how would the under-23s fare in the higher divisions though? They are clearly one of the best teams in the Development League, being the current champions, and they have come up against teams above them frequently in the past year.

The Premier League Cup gives teams lower down the chance for stiffer competition, and Leeds had a tough group including both Derby and Wolves this season.

Despite the 7-1 defeat at Derby, the Whites have competed massively, particularly impressing when we took in the action away at Wolves in the 2-2 with a number of under-18’s present.

It would no doubt be a step up in competition, but it would certainly be a boost to Corberan, his squad and the entire club next season.

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