Teen stars Sam Greenwood, Joe Gelhardt and Charlie Cresswell could be in line to make their Premier League debuts when Leeds United secure top-flight safety.
That is the view of former Whites striker and boyhood Elland Road fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Leeds stopped Greenwood from joining Swansea City on loan.
This site revealed on deadline day the Yorkshire giants had turned down multiple approaches from the Championship club for the 19-year-old striker.
Greenwood, Gelhardt and Cresswell have all impressed for Leeds’ Under-23s side this season who currently sit top of Premier League 2 Division 2.
“When you look at the style of player Swansea would have definitely suited Sam Greenwood,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“It’s very similar to the way we play. They’re a football club with the right attributes to improve a young player. They obviously trust the player, as do we because that’s why we’ve kept him.
“Maybe they just wanted to stay at the club because I think if we get safe, they’ll be a few introductions into that first team set up for some of these younger players.
“Once we know that we’re mathematically safe there may be the introduction of Geldhardt, Cresswell and Greenwood and they might get a little bit of game time to give them that experience.
“That’s the only reason why I could think we might keep them there, apart from monitoring them as well.
“The fact we’re very, very close to being safe with a lot of games left and you can see how many injuries we’re picking up at the minute.
“To let somebody go of that quality when we might need him in a Premier League game. I think that’s the reason why we keep him.”