Whelan heralds one Leeds man after 'incredible' development
Noel Whelan has been left raving after the Leeds United under-23s secured the Premier League 2 division two title on Friday.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, paid credit to under-23s boss Mark Jackson for the “incredible” job he has done at Thorp Arch.
Leeds were confirmed as champions after beating Aston Villa 2-1 on Friday night.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 16, 2021
Goals from Sam Greenwood and Jack Jenkins secured victory at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.
Leeds joined the Premier League 2 setup last year after being awarded category one academy status.
As a result of their title win, the Whites will play in the Premier League 2 division one next season.
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Chelsea are the current Premier League 2 champions, although Manchester City are on course to seal the title this term.
Whelan admitted Jackson had done a remarkable job to get Leeds among the elite at the first time of asking.
He also insisted academy one status was looking like money well spent.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You now see the benefits of why we put so much money into bringing certain players into the under-23s squad, that progression and going into category A, trusting our academy step and the manager around that.
“Mark Jackson’s done an incredible job, it’s never easy. You’ve got regular under-23s that have come through the ranks but now you’re adding other players into that system? It is never easy. He’s managed to get that happy medium.
“He’s managed to put a really good squad together there, get them nice and tightly knitted together.
“That desire and drive you see in the first team just filters through to the under-23s.”