Clotet shares Leeds mission to find the next Vieira or Taylor
By Will Butcher
Pep Clotet was in attendance as Leeds’ youngsters took on Norweigan third tier side Drammen FK on Tuesday afternoon.
The assistant manager posted on his personal Twitter account about his search for any potential future first-team stars at the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters ahead of the Yorkshire giants’ first-team clash against Brighton on Friday.
— Pep Clotet (@pepclotet) December 6, 2016
Leeds are renowned for their impressive youth academy, which has produced Premier League stars such as James Milner, Fabian Delph and Sam Byram.
Currently in the Leeds squad, Charlie Taylor, Ronaldo Vieira, Kalvin Phillips and Alex Mowatt are all examples of players to have benefited from the impressive youth system at training ground Thorp Arch.
Taylor, 23, could be set to join the likes of Milner in the Premier League come January, with his contract set to expire in just over six month’s time.
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Similarly, Mowatt could be on his way out of Elland Road with no contract talks seem to be on the horizon.
Former Benfica stay Vieira has starred in Leeds’ midfield this season, with his best moment coming in the dying embers of the 3-2 win against Norwich at Carrow Road. Vieira lashed home a 25-year rocket into the bottom corner to earn three points in East Anglia.
Both Vieira and Taylor are expected to start against Brighton on Friday night in front of the television cameras, while Mowatt is likely to feature from the bench.
Three points against second placed Brighton at the Amex Stadium could see Leeds leapfrog Reading into third place, securing their fifth Championship victory in six games.
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