Leeds could unearth next 'Jamie Vardy' after official scouting reveal - Kieran Maguire
Leeds United could unearth the next Jamie Vardy by scouting for players who may have slipped through the cracks.
That is according to finance boffin Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Leeds’ latest recruitment initiative.
The club announced via their official website on 8th July that they are set to host an open trial day through the Leeds United College programme.
The scheme offers a pathway to the senior setup and is part of the wider recruitment strategy ramped up since Andrea Radrizzani’s 2017 takeover.
Maguire explained how the low-risk, high-reward nature of scouting days will pay dividends if Leeds can recruit even one hidden gem.
“It’s absolutely worth holding these events,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“We’ve seen the likes of Jamie Vardy and Ian Wright come from non-league football. The existing scouting system is very good but not 100 per cent efficient.
“So by having an event of this nature, if there’s someone that they like then it’s close to zero cost from Leeds’ point of view. You can then go on to take people on trial on a more serious basis.
“Even if you get one player who you don’t think is going to get in the first team, you can loan him out and eventually sell him. So it pays for itself multiple times over.“
Leeds’ under-23s were crowned Premier League 2 Division Two champions last term.
The likes of Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood are among the youth roster’s shining stars.