Manchester City is one of the big sides of English football. They are backed to the hilt by Arab money and their backers have just bought Troyes, the 10th club in their portfolio. Their youth set-up hoovers up promising players from around the world. You get the picture.

In contrast, Leeds United’s youth set-up scoops up players more from ‘near’ rather than ‘far’ and ‘wide’. Yet, over the past few seasons, their Under-18s and Under-23s have had some degree of success. Andrea Radrizzani has stuck to his promise of rebuilding the youth structure at the club after it was decimated by Massimo Cellino in his cost-cutting frenzy.

Their progress has been a joy to watch; it is progress that will continue after the academy system at the club was awarded Category 1 status. This puts the Whites up there with the best in the country although when you look at the likes of Manchester City et al it is more on a par but not in the same ballpark per se.

Still, on Friday evening the young Whites continued their improvements with a good result against Manchester City’s Under-23s.

Just a look at that starting line-up gives an indication of some of the business Leeds United have done this summer that has paid dividends. Cody Drameh was brought in from Fulham and Sam Greenwood from Arsenal. As it says above, the rated former Sunderland striker, Greenwood, got his first goal for the club – again evidence of the strides forward Leeds are making.

As the above tweet shows, another summer purchase, Northern Ireland prospect Charlie Allen who is only 16, also got in on the action with his first minutes for the young Whites.

All-in-all, it seems they put on a good show to have their more illustrious opponents scrabbling around looking for a draw to salvage something out of the game.

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