By Liam Thomas

27th Sep, 2022 | 11:40am

Leeds United U21s head coach Michael Skubala thrilled with youngsters' great start to the season

Leeds Under-21s boss Michael Skubala is thrilled with his team’s start to the season, which has seen the youngsters gain 13 points from five games.

The Whites will continue their title charge on Friday with a trip to Stoke City, in what promises to be a hotly contested Premier League 2 clash.

Skubala admitted that his side have had a “good start” to the campaign and highlighted his player’s international pedigree as a reason behind this.

Speaking to Leeds Live, Skubala expressed his delight at the way Leeds have started the season and his hopes for their good fortune to continue as the year progresses.

“It’s good. Good start,” Skubala said.

“I’ve said that I think you can’t detach winning from development, I think we get development when they go together really well.

“I think one of the good things about the young players going away internationally is they play against different cultures, the different styles of play.

“We need to accept in the Premier League there’s different cultures coming to the Premier League at this level.

“So as England players to play against different cultures is only good for their experiences as a whole rounded development. When they become a Premier League player, they’re playing different styles against different managers who are from different cultures.

“It can only help what I call their toolbox of understanding situations. Sometimes it’s really exciting for them to come back and they’ve been at a high level and they’re playing with good players. So I think it’s that the culture experience is really important.”

Impressive.

It’s been an impressive start to the season for Skubala’s youngsters and it bodes well for the future of the first-team to have such exciting talents in the level below.

Skubala’s side haven’t just been winning, they’ve been destroying and picking apart teams with ease, they’ll be tough to beat this campaign.

Hopefully, a fair few of the young talents will get their chance to play in the first-team this season; especially with the crowded fixture list before the World Cup starts.

Leeds United U21s January signing Sonny Perkins may be the favourite to step up, the 18-year-old is in emphatic form, scoring six goals in five games.

The Papa John’s Trophy will also give a chance to the side to play against some better competition; it will be very interesting to see how they fare in this one.

One thing is for certain; Skubala has got his talented team ticking, let’s hope they can keep their terrific form up.

In other Leeds United news, there’s been a new arrival behind the scenes at Thorp Arch.