Paddy Kenny predicts late flurry of Leeds player exits after Bielsa confession
Leeds United could be about to let a late flurry of youngsters leave the club on loan before the end of the transfer window.
So says ex-Whites goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about recent comments made by Marcelo Bielsa.
As quoted by Sky Sports on 11th August, the Leeds boss admitted he wants to help “young players become established members of the first-team”.
The 66-year-old revealed that youth development is a key pillar of the club’s long-term strategy.
The likes of Jamies Shackleton, Ian Poveda, Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Cody Drameh are among the current crop of gifted youngsters.
But Kenny claimed that Leeds may look to send multiple members of the youth contingent out on loan before the 31 August cut-off.
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“You’ve got to be careful,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It’s alright putting them into the first team, but you’ve got to be careful how many you throw in.
“You need a mix with the experienced pros who have been there, done that and bought the t-shirt.
“It’s a long process bringing these players through. Bring them through slowly otherwise, to be brutally honest, it can go wrong.
“But they have some great players and I’m sure if they can get a nice mixture of youth and experience, that will be good for Leeds.
“You could see quite a few players leave on loan before now and the end of the window. There’s nothing better than getting first-team experience.
“So if you’ve got someone who’s ready to go and play football, I’d highly recommend it.
“These lads that do go out there and come back, the games they get under their belt will stand them in good stead for the first team.”