By Noel Whelan

20th Aug, 2021 | 6:00pm

Whelan makes 'incredible' Jackson claim after new signings at Leeds

Noel Whelan has heralded the “incredible” work of Leeds United under-23s boss Mark Jackson after integrating a host of new youth signings over the past year.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, lauded the 43-year-old for helping new arrivals settle so quickly into the setup at Thorp Arch.

The Whites have signed Lewis Bate, Sean McGurk and Amari Miller for the reserves this summer.

They have joined 2020 arrivals Sam Greenwood, Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh, Crysencio Summerville and Dani van den Heuvel in the under-23s setup.

Leeds were promoted from the Premier League 2 second division last season.

They kicked off the new campaign with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

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Summerville, Gelhardt, Miller, Bate and Drameh all started, while Greenwood and McGurk came off the bench.

Whelan insisted Jackson needs to take “massive” credit for the new signings hitting the ground running.

Whelan told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “I think you’ve got to give credit to Mark Jackson. He’s really maturing these players from such young ages.

“The way he’s coaching them, the way he’s raising them as young men. He is instilling this belief and confidence into their game. He’s improving them week in, week out on the training ground.

“As much as we can talk about the players, we’ve got to talk about the people that are involved in improving these players and raising these players as young men in and around Thorp Arch.

“That integration into the first team on the training grounds, the way they handle themselves, adjust to the atmosphere. Mark Jackson’s done incredible in the time he’s been there.

“He’s had a lot of good young players coming from other clubs as well that he’s got to contend with and integrate into this side as well.

“Absolute massive testament to the work that has been done at Thorp Arch by Mark Jackson and his team. The boys are doing everything that is asked of them. You can see the benefits of that.”

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