Leeds United star Sam Byram is sure the club’s talented youngsters have got what it takes to play at the top level of English football.
Full-back/wingers Byram and Charlie Taylor along with midfielders Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook have become the backbone of rejuvenated United’s first team this season.
The quartet, who were all developed in the club’s Academy by Neil Redfearn, are now repaying his initial faith.
“It’s been a big achievement and a good journey so far, and hopefully it can continue,” said the 21-year-old, who has moved further up the field after starting the season in defence.
“I know these boys inside out and I believe in them.
“They can play at the top level and this is an exciting time for the club.
“The most pleasing thing you can do is when you develop players and turn them into top class players and we like that idea here.”
United have enjoyed an excellent 2015 under Redfearn, raising hopes that they can mount a sustained challenge for promotion next season.
The Whites host Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road a week today looking to improve on their record of eight wins and four draws from their last 15 Championship games.
Byram, a United fan as a boy, said: “I have just have to keep my feet on the ground and not get carried away.
“We have played with each other for the last three years and technically the likes of Lewis and Alex are very good.
“They work hard and we all just want to improve.
“We all want to play at the top but we’re looking forward to starting a fresh next season and hopefully getting the club promoted.”