By Noel Whelan

25th Jun, 2021 | 8:00pm

Leeds tipped to sign multiple game-changing talents as Huggins told to leave - Whelan

Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United to sign a higher calibre of under-23s talent after giving Niall Huggins the green light to leave.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Whites would have to make some “really tough decisions” over the future of certain players.

As revealed by Football Insider on Friday (June 25th), Leeds have told Huggins, 20, he is free to find a new club.

The news comes just over six months after the highly-rated full-back was handed a new three-year contract at Elland Road.

However, Whelan insisted Leeds are looking to improve their under-23s side this summer.

He suggested Huggins’ exit could lead to some game-changing signings taking his place.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Look, when you’re a big club and you’re playing at top-flight level, you’ve then got to start making some really tough decisions on players.

“We’re already looking to bring in under-21s and produce other players. Maybe players who have hit the mark and have had a little bit more progression quicker than others.

“Yes, it’s a new contract. However, the club then will have to be realistic about are they going to be involved now? Are they going to be involved later in the future?

“Because if we’re really having these aspirations – and I’m all for bringing through the kids – we’ve got a really difficult season ahead of us and again the season after.

“We’re looking to break into number six, five, four, three and challenging there. The only way to do that is look at the footprint of other teams.

“Yes, they’ve brought some good players through but only one or two good from the academy levels. The rest have been bought and fitted in straight away.

“Look for young players, they could come from abroad or they could come from a British club.

But players that are already established and can make a difference straight away.”

Huggins made his first-team debut against Arsenal in February.

He was on the bench for a further eight Premier League games during the 2020/21 campaign.

In other news, Leeds United putting finishing touches to a blizzard of new signings as big-money deals all but done.