Leeds United’s Academy attracting young stars from Europe’s top clubs

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen and director of football Victor Orta will be delighted at the club's first-team and Academy recruitment this summer.
Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen and director of football Victor Orta will be delighted at the club's first-team and Academy recruitment this summer.
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ACADEMY manager Adam Underwood says Leeds United can now attract youngsters from all over the world after a busy and exciting summer of recruitment to the club’s under-23s.

Centre-back Oriol Rey and striker Kun Temenuzhkov have both joined the club’s Academy from Barcelona with forward Ousama Siddiki arriving from Real Madrid.

One day after Leeds landed Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki as part of a double swoop on Transfer Deadline day, United’s Academy revealed details of an exciting summer, highlighting seven new arrivals at Thorp Arch including three players from two of the best clubs in the world.

Spaniard Rey, 19, has signed a two-year deal to be with the Whites from Barcelona with the defender joined by 17-year-old Bulgarian striker Temenuzhkov who will remain with the club until at least 2020.

Moroccan forward Siddiki, 19, has joined Leeds from Real Madrid while fellow 19-year-old Spanish midfielder Alejandro Machuca has joined United from Rayo Vallecano on a deal which runs until 2020. Spanish striker Adrian Balboa, 19, who previously represented Catalonia-based amateur side Unif Bellvitge, has agreed a contract for the same period.

United’s Academy has also been bolstered by the arrivals of 18-year-old English right-back Bryce Hosannah who has left Crystal Palace, as well as 20-year-old Spanish centre-back Hugo Diaz who has been recruited to the Whites from SD Huesca – the Spanish Segunda Division side from which Leeds signed new no 10 star Samuel Saiz.

Leeds United's Thorp Arch training ground.

Leeds United's Thorp Arch training ground.

United’s Academy has a rich history of providing future stars for Leeds United’s first team and Underwood is hoping the current Whites crop can follow suit.

Underwood said: “This has been a really productive summer for the club at every level and we are now in a position to attract players from across the world as well as having a keen focus on the UK and particularly Yorkshire.

“We are excited to try and progress players to the first team and we hope to continue our tradition of producing young footballers for our first team.”

“This has been a really productive summer for the club at every level and we are now in a position to attract players from across the world as well as having a keen focus on the UK and particularly Yorkshire.”

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