By Michael Brown

9th Nov, 2020 | 2:32pm

Exclusive: Ex-Leeds star wowed by 'Fantastic' Bielsa update: 'We've seen signings come in...'

Michael Brown has claimed Leeds United will see a “magnificent return” on their recent investment in young players.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites midfielder delivered his verdict after manager Marcelo Bielsa issued an update on the under-23 players pushing for the first team.

Bielsa said before Leeds’ trip to Crystal Palace at the weekend, as reported by LeedsLive, that half of the under-23 team could make the step up.

The Yorkshire giants invested heavily in their academy set up over the summer after it was awarded category one status.

They made six signings from across Europe for their new under-23 team that now competes in Premier League 2 and the EFL trophy.

Asked by Football Insider what he made of Bielsa’s admission, Brown said: “It’s great, it’s fantastic. That’s what you want, don’t you?

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“We’ve seen signing’s come in and you think ‘are these ones for the future?’

“They’re starting to invest in that as well we’ve seen a magnificent return of players coming through at Leeds United.

“They would be a club you’d want to go and take your child to for sure.

“For progression and I think now that also bringing in a team just under the first team to try and develop.”

Leeds signed Joe Gelhardt, Charlie Allen, Cody Drameh, Dani van den Heuvel, Sam Greenwood and Crysencio Summerville to their academy in the summer.

None of the new signings have made a first-team matchday squad although Gelhardt and Greenwood have been in fine goalscoring form with the under-23s.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has revealed what he believes is the real reason Bielsa dumped Pablo Hernandez.