Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Leeds United: Time to give the youngsters a go

By James Grayson (Twitter: jamesAgrayson)
Leeds United cannot go up or down. Brian McDermott’s initial job of ensuring Championship survival is done. The final two games against Brighton and Hove Albion and Watford are meaningless from Leeds’ perspective.
So this is the time to blood the youngsters coming through the academy.
The Turner brothers, Nathan and Lewis along with Chris Dawson, who made his debut against Derby County earlier this month, are just three players that should be given chances to shine.
The experience of Championship football in a non-pressurised environment will leave them in good stead for the future.
Dominic Poleon is another player who deserves a moment in the spotlight. He showed glimpses of talent in his early season appearances before his loan move to Bury.
With Academy manager Neil Redfearn (pictured above) assisting McDermott as well, I’m sure the Leeds boss will be getting pushed towards using the young players for the final two games.
But these games are not totally meaningless because both Brighton and Watford are playing for something.
Brighton are looking to cement their play-offs place, while Watford could still have a chance of getting the second automatic spot on the final day.
So Leeds do have a duty to other teams to play their strongest squads.
That is what McDermott has to ponder.
But if I was him, I would think that there is no better time to give the youngsters a run-out in the first team.

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