In an engaging interview with the Independent it was revealed that Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot has been attracting interest from Leeds United, as well as some Premier League clubs including Tottenham Hotspur and Watford. The youngster has been called up for the England Under 19’s for the game in Macedonia this week, and he is very highly rated.
The centre-back currently plays for Stevenage in League Two which has attracted the Independent to his story, as League Two players don’t often get called up for national honours. Wilmot seems to be extremely down to earth but the attractive thing about the player is that he just wants to play football. Spurs fell short of the £1 million asking price for the player recently and they aren’t the only Premier League side chasing the player. Leeds United were also mentioned by the newspaper as being one of the clubs monitoring the player and you wouldn’t rule a deal like this one out. Leeds have been investing more in youth this season than any in the last decade and the development side have been in the spotlight for the correct reasons in recent weeks, players coming along nicely.
Leeds have signed a host of foreign players but also invested in English talent. Ryan Edmondson was signed from York City and the club feel like they have the best young striker (at that level) in Yorkshire after signing the player, his goals record prolific so far in his time in the youth teams. Jordan Stevens was also signed from Forest Green for a fee believed to be around £500k and others have joined, and been playing well. It is frustrating we have recruited well for the development side of things and not the first-team but I guess you have to look at the young players as a huge positive at the club because in recent years the youth system hasn’t really been focused on. If you compare the team this season to last the gulf is huge.