By Michael Brown

11th Jul, 2020 | 9:00am

Exclusive: Michael Brown drops 'Sensational' Leeds transfer claim

Leeds United will have the “pick of the best” young talent available after their academy was awarded category one status, according to Michael Brown.

The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the upgrade will help the Whites lure the most exciting young talents and improve on their “sensational” record of youth development

The Whites confirmed on Wednesday that the academy had been awarded category one status for the first time in the club’s history.

Brown believes the Premier League’s decision will only boost Leeds’ already prolific academy and help the club snap up the best young talent available in the region.

Brown told Football Insider: “You just look at the catchment area, the players that have come through – I’ve seen first hand how good it is. 

“The names are just endless, aren’t they? They’ve got such a good catchment area up to the north east and across towards Hull and it’s such a powerful club and it’s set up in the right way.

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“I think this new category will attract players even more, the better standard ones and other clubs are struggling with academies, letting players go so I think Leeds United will have the pick of the best.

“You’d actually say how can it get better, the level that has come through has been sensational so if it can get even better, bring it on.” 

Leeds have a proud record of bringing youth talent through the academy system and into the senior side.

First-team mainstay Kalvin Phillips is a youth graduate at Elland Road, while the likes of Jamie Shackleton and Robbie Gotts have also featured for the senior side this season.

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