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Angus Kinnear reveals the status of Leeds United’s academy compared to the biggest in England after the recent deal

LEEDS, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: General view outside the stadium before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road on August 18, 2023 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Leeds United are believed to have one of the top eight academies in England at the moment, according to club CEO Angus Kinnear.

Daniel Farke has a track record of developing youth, something we have seen since his promotion to Norwich City and something we are seeing now.

Having the talent good enough to overcome is obviously vital, but Leeds have also been working hard to improve their Thorp Arch set-up.

Revealed: Leeds United’s academy in England’s top eight

The overview of the latest Leeds Supporters Advisory Board meeting has been released by the club, with CEO Angus Kinnear among those in attendance.

A variety of topics on and off the pitch were discussed on 23 April, including the club’s use of the academy at this time.

Kinnear was asked about the club’s strategy at Thorp Arch, to which Kinnear (AK) said that:

“AK says he believes the academy is strong for homegrown talent. It says LUFC is in the top eight UK academies for productivity.

“He says a clear path into the first team is important for academy players. The club recruited a new academy manager (Martin Diggle) and also a great achievement to reach the final of the FA Youth Cup, showing more progress.”

Leeds in the FA Youth Cup final this week against Manchester City

As Kinnear points out, Leeds’ academy is in a great place at the moment, with talented players coming from different age groups, not just Archie Gray in the first team.

A key success was the U18s who reached this season’s FA Youth Cup final, coached by Rob Etherington, taking on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

The Whites will be supported by around 5,000 away supporters for that cup final clash, the first time Leeds have reached the final since they won the competition in 1997.

The Leeds academy is a huge asset for the club going forward

If you didn’t already know this was the case for Leeds, this season proves just how key the academy at Elland Road is.

Not only do we have youngsters looking to break through every season, but to be in the FA Youth Cup final says it all.

When you look at some of the names that have played in the finals over the years, there are some massive names in both squads.

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