By Richard Parks
Paul Heckingbottom has revealed that three Leeds United youth team players are in line for senior-side promotion – and fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight.
United have slipped to 13th in the Championship table to end their play-off hopes following a wretched run of results since the turn of the year.
Manager Paul Heckingbottom named youth teamers Sam Dalby, 18, and Paudie O’Connor, 20, in the travelling party for Tuesday night’s defeat at Fulham, although they did not make the matchday squad,
He said in the aftermath of the 2-0 loss at Craven Cottage, as quoted on the personal Twitter account of Radio Leeds journalist Adam Pope, that striker Dalby, centre-back O’Connor and wide forward Jack Clarke, 17, could be promoted from the Under-23s to the first team before the end of the season.
PH finished his interview saying there could be a chance for the likes of Sam Dalby, Jack Clarke & Paudie O’Connor before too long but admits he needs to see more of them. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) April 3, 2018
A section of Leeds fans on Twitter are fed up with many of the senior players and are eager for youth to be given its head.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
It’s our only chance of restoring any sort of pride, the fall from grace from early season is astonishing and highly disturbing.
— simon davison (@sdavison82) April 3, 2018
???? ???????? he sees enough of o’kane, ekuban and Pennington but yet still continues to play them
— Tim Patel (@timpatel86) April 3, 2018
There are hours of footage of them playing for the academy. And more importantly scoring goals . Time to blood them .nowt to loose
— Liane Baxter ⚽️????????️⚽️ (@lianebaxter) April 3, 2018
They might just save his job lol
— Kenneth Roy Brown (@kennybrown1964) April 3, 2018
Tbf it’s about bloody time Popey several of these current 1st teamers are just simply nowhere near good enough, starting using the very best & capable from 18s & 23s. Start 1 or 2 & put 1 or 2 on bench #lufc #LUFC
— Benny Tayls (@BennyTaylsLUFC) April 3, 2018
Well he needs to hurry up and watch them because he’s only got a month left thank goodness
— Anne Taylor (@lufcanne) April 4, 2018
What does he do if he isn’t watching the youth team? Doesn’t look like he spends any time with the first team dossers
— Tom Holgate (@TomHog1994) April 3, 2018
Given how bad Ekubans finishing is. And the fact Grot and Cibicki got backintonthe squad after a couple of under 23 goals. Sam is well within imhis rights to expect a shot. He’s been excellent.
— Exhausted Pige0n (@TheRealGerLynch) April 3, 2018
Wow!!!! Go watch the 23’s!! More than enough evidence Clarke deserve his chance!! Nonsense comment!
— lenaldo (@Lenaldo9) April 3, 2018
Why? Can’t be any worse than what’s already been playing
— Matthew coleman (@Matthewcolema14) April 4, 2018
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are working on a deal to sign an English centre-back who has been the best in the league this season.