By Noel Whelan

12th Oct, 2021 | 9:07am

Whelan salutes Bielsa after 'great' Leeds reveal from Smyth

Noel Whelan has claimed Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa “never stops working” to ensure the club’s young stars are thriving.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 66-year-old “makes sure” the club’s starlets are putting in performances at the level required – even when on international duty.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth confirmed Bielsa was in attendance for England U20’s 1-1 draw against Italy U20 last Thursday.

Leeds United trio Sam Greenwood, Lewis Bate and Cody Drameh were all named in the starting lineup in Chesterfield.

The Whites youngsters combined to grab the equaliser with Drameh crossing low to Greenwood, who teed the ball up for Bate to slam home on the stroke of halftime.

However, the scorer was later withdrawn from the game through injury with England chasing a winner.

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Whelan insisted Bielsa is not the kind of manager to “put his feet up” during the international break.

“The great thing about it is he’s not putting his feet up in the international break, he’s out there working hard watching the stars of the future at Leeds,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“It gives them an opportunity during this break, with the manager watching the younger players representing their country and seeing how they’re developing on the international scene.

“It just goes to show that Marcelo Bielsa never stops working, he’s always making sure young players are developing right even when they’re away from Leeds United.

“He makes sure that they are putting in the calibre of performances he has come to expect from them.

Bate joined the Leeds set-up in the summer after leaving Chelsea for a reported initial £1.5million.

Greenwood and Drameh made the switch to Elland Road last August from Arsenal and Fulham respectively.

In other news, pundit thrilled after the Athletic’s “huge” £250m Leeds update.