Leeds prepare for wave of new signings after six youngsters arrive at club for trials - report
By Will Butcher
Leeds could make a wave of new signings after six youngsters featured for the club while on trial at the weekend.
The Yorkshire giants named six trialists in their Under-21s team as they thrashed minnows Bridlington Town 6-3 on Saturday.
Intriguingly, three of the new men responded by finding the back of the net as they gave the Championship club notice of their potential.
Manager Garry Monk is looking to give his youthful side a new look as he aims to return the former Champions League side to the Premier League in his first attempt.
He has already made six signings in a recruitment drive that he hopes will reshape the Leeds squad.
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Bridlington Today reported that the trialists scored a flurry of goals to put the Championship side 5-2 up shortly after the interval.
Youngsters Lewis Knight and Tom Pearce also found the back of the net, with the latter scoring a brace as both sides focused on attacking their opposition’s weak defence.
A photo of one of the unnamed scorers can be seen here – but due to the angle of the shot it is difficult to identify the player.
— Free Press Sport (@BridSport) July 17, 2016
This comes after chairman Massimo Cellino declared that he would like to have more homegrown players at Eland Road.
He told buzz.ie: “I would love to have more British players. Sometimes I cannot afford them.
“But what I am doing is giving a chance to young British players to come to our academy and play for Leeds.”
Under-21 manager Jason Blunt will now have to report to Garry Monk on which of the trialists will be offered a permanent deal.
In other Leeds news, this new signing is desperate to form a partnership with Leeds’ top scorer.