Whelan heralds Radrizzani ambition as Leeds reportedly launch Celtic bid
Noel Whelan has heralded the ambition to buy and develop youth players at Leeds United amid a reported bid for Celtic teenager Matthew Anderson.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, lauded the growth and success of the under-23s under owner Andrea Radrizzani.
As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post on Tuesday (June 22nd), Leeds have made a bid to sign 17-year-old Anderson from the Glasgow giants.
The left-back turned professional in 2020 and is yet to make his senior debut for the Bhoys.
Whelan insisted Leeds need to continue improving their youth recruitment after being awarded category A status last year.
He applauded the ambition shown by Radrizzani and the Elland Road board to target the likes of Anderson.
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“Since Mr Radrizzani came in, there have been many, many positive changes,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“One of those is obviously the under-23s. We’re not just looking for ready-made players. We’ve also got to look for players that are better than what we’ve got.
“Players that are established, broken through to the first team or have been recognised by their parent clubs, like Celtic.
“We’ve got to be competitive in that market for these young players. We’ve got Category A (academy status). We need Category A players that are going to produce, come through, improve everyone else around them.
“Like we’re doing with Oliver Casey, we’re generating money that’s coming back into the club to pour into these younger players.
“Everything has got a turnaround and a spinning wheel.”
Leeds signed Sam Greenwood, Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh from Arsenal, Wigan and Fulham respectively last season.
Leeds are on the brink of signing 18-year-old Amari Miller from Birmingham.