The development side, or under 23’s ended their season with a romping win in Bristol tonight. The game ended 0-4 and represents how far the youngsters have progressed since the influx of players last summer. Many have impressed as the season has gone on and tonight they rounded of a very good campaign in style.
Tyler Denton bagged two goals in the last ten minutes as the under 23’s wiped the floor with Bristol City. Sam Dalby and an own goal that was created by Jordan Stevens started the scoring and Leeds have ended with a bang, and will hope a full pre-season and some new additions will only kick them on even further next season. Under 23’s boss Carlos Corberan has won many admirers as the season has gone on. The development side had to adjust after an influx of foreign players mixed with local lads and other signings from lower league teams and the blend has been perfect. The goal from Sam Dalby tonight shows the confidence of a young striker who has turned heads since arriving from Leyton Orient.
Other names to keep a close eye on are Jack Clarke, Oriol Rey and Hugo Diaz, the latter making his debut for the senior side away at Preston North End earlier this month. The team tonight didn’t even include the likes of Tom Pearce, skipper Paudie O’Connor, Callum Nicell and Romario Vieira. Victor Orta has done a very fine job with his recruitment for the younger players but until he replicates that with the first-team his position will always be in question. The focus of recruitment in the summer will be to add quality within the academy and development side as well as the first-team and if this season is anything to go by the youngsters will have an exciting season again in 2018/2019. I will recap the season and look at the key players this week now the under 23’s and 18’s have rounded up their seasons.