By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has revealed his mission to teach Leeds’ young guns about responsibility – by backing plans for an academy wage cap.
The Elland Road manager is disheartened at the amount of money handed to emerging players who have not even graduated to the first team.
Monk accepted he cannot turn the tide of mega money that has infiltrated the game but is on a mission to teach his young guns at Leeds about responsibility.
The 37-year-old claims only those kids who have already proved themselves at the top level, such as Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford should be handed lucrative deals.
“You should only be allowed to earn a certain amount up until a certain age,” Monk told the Sun.
“The only way you could possibly earn more than that is if you did a Rashford for instance at United where he has broke into the team and started to establish himself and then OK you can start talking about a different sort of contract.
“For a player who hasn’t kicked a ball in the first team, or more than that hasn’t had a sustained period in the first team, they should all be on the same.”
Monk was appointed Leeds manager in the summer and has showed great faith this season in academy products Ronaldo Vieira, 18, and Kalvin Phillips, 20, who have both been regular first teamers this season.
He revealed he wants to educate the midfield pair, as well as the other academy players at the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters, in what it takes to be a successful footballer.
“I don’t think in football we make leaders anymore,” Monk said, as quoted by the Sun. “What I’m trying to do, along with the football, is create some leaders.
“They’ve not had the right to be where they are. And when you do that, no one takes responsibility.“You’re breeding an era of players — or boys — who have no idea what responsibility is.
“I’ve seen so many young players now who haven’t even kicked a ball in the first team who have property portfolios, who drive around in nice cars. That’s not real football. We’re not making real players.”
Leeds are 13th in the Championship heading into Tuesday night’s home league clash against Wigan at Elland Road.
In other Leeds news, an England international is months away from signing for the club.