Ex-manager: Leeds could be producing new 'Class of 92' after Bielsa reveal
Alex McLeish has suggested Leeds United could produce the next “Class of 92” due to their focus on youth development.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested “every single club” would copy the Whites if their trust in youngsters pays off.
Speaking to Sky Sports (August 11th), Bielsa revealed developing young talent and bringing academy products into the senior side is an important “project” for the club.
He insisted the Whites work on bringing youngsters through “with a lot of knowledge and dedication”.
Leeds have dipped into the transfer market to strengthen their under-23s this summer.
Lewis Bate, Sean McGurk and Amari Miller have joined from Chelsea, Wigan and Birmingham respectively.
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The Whites brought in the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Cody Drameh last year.
McLeish suggested the focus on youth could see several breakthrough talents akin to the famous Class of 92 at Manchester United.
Asked what he thought of Leeds’ focus on youth, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Well we saw the Class of 92. Can we see the Class of 2022 at Leeds United? They could.
“At academies, it’s really difficult for young players to usurp the players who are already established.
“Also, to go ahead of transfer targets who can instantly improve your team with their experience.
“But if Leeds do bring these kids through, I’m certain every single club will copy them.”
The Class of 92 refers to the youth players who broke through at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The cohort included the likes of David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville and Paul Scholes.