Kalvin Phillips has picked out his crop of the talented youngsters that he expects to be the next Leeds United stars of the future.
The Under-23 side has been a real source of talent over the past couple of years, with several players making the step up to the first-team and one, Jack Clarke, moving on to the Premier League.
There’s a real synergy between the first-team and Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s and Phillips has named four players who he thinks could break into the Leeds first-team, hopefully in the Premier League.
Three of them have already played for the first-team… Leif Davis (of “Very good Davis” fame), Jordan Stevens and Alfie McCalmont.
One player hasn’t been seen in the first-team squad yet at all – 19-year-old forward Niall Huggins.
Talking to Forza Football Academy in a video Q&A, Phillips said, “We’ve got some really good young players.
“We’ve got Leif Davis, he’s a great player. He’s a left-back who’s really quick.
“We’ve got Jordan Stevens, who’s made a few appearances here and there as well.
“We’ve got a few younger lads called Niall Huggins and Alfie McCalmont. They’re really good young players as well.
“They’ll be in the team in the next year or so, definitely.”
From watching the Under-23s closely, we think that McCalmont is the real star potential here.
Ironically, it’s Phillips that is standing between McCalmont and more senior appearances, with the young midfielder turning heads in the Under-23s.
Huggins is perhaps the surprise name on the list. The York-born player plays for the Wales Under-21 side through his dad.
12 goals in 29 games for the Leeds Under-18s earned Huggins his first professional contract with Leeds last year.
That expires this summer but we’re expecting Leeds to extend his contract after some great performances for the Under-23s.
Ahead of the season being suspended, Huggins scored two goals and added three assists in his last five games.
There’s no resumption for the Under-23s this season and that’s likely to put the development of some of the players back.
However, Huggins is definitely one to watch and his profile will get a big boost from being name-checked by Phillips.
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