Danny Mills has suggested that upgrade of the Leeds United academy to Category One status could save the club a fortune.
However, the former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged patience and insisted it will take years before the club see the benefits of their hard work.
It was confirmed last Wednesday that the club’s academy had been awarded Category One status by the Premier League.
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An audit earlier in the season recognised the elite level of investment into the club’s facilities, resources and staffing at youth level.
Mills claimed to maintain an academy at such a level requires approximately £5million of investment per annum.
“It is great for Leeds but it will still take time to attract Europe’s top talent,” he told Football Insider.
“Leeds’ academy has always been good but it is the sheer amount of bodies in the area that they can attract.
“You can be Category One but you still have to get the right coaches in and the right pathways put in place, all of these type of things.
“Just because you go to Category One does not mean that happens overnight. It will take a couple of years for that status to come intro fruition.
“Category One is not cheap, you are looking at £5million a year to run that so you would want players to come out of that into the first team.
“If you can start producing talent from your academy for buttons it will save you a lot of money in the long run, but that will take time.”
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