The Leeds United Academy are no strangers to success in recent years, with a number of their age groups at the top of their leagues.

Carlos Corberan’s under-23 squad are the current Professional Development League champions, with a number of his players breaking into the first-team since Marcelo Bielsa arrived.

We have been present at most of their games this season, and their ability to replicate Bielsa ball has been a treat to watch at times.

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Despite that success, Leeds remain as a category two academy in England – meaning they can’t get out of the Professional Development League.

Training Ground Guru has reported on their official Twitter account that the Whites have applied for category one status for next season, something which would see them take part in the Premier League 2 alongside 24 other teams (split into two).

It was suggested that the audits are unlikely to go ahead this season with the uncertainty surrounding the football season at this moment in time due to the coronavirus.

Leeds will join the likes of Wolves and Derby County, the two teams that they faced in this year’s Premier League Cup – even if they didn’t end in the best of ways.

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Bielsa likes to utilise the under-23s in order to give his under-used talent game time through the week. Take the 1-1 draw at Barnsley recently, with Barry Douglas, Ezgjan Alioski and Tyler Roberts all featuring.

There are a number of teams in the PDL North that are nowhere near good enough to offer suitable competition to the Whites, so to move up a division would certainly help in that area.

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