Leeds United have one of the top youth systems in the country and a number of their talented younger stars have started to break into the first team at the start of the 2015-16 campaign. The Championship side are currently 15th in the division, having lost three times, and until recently looked to be one of the most organised teams in England’s second tier.
Potentially, Leeds could still earn promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation back in 2004 this season, if their younger stars continue to impress. These players could lead their club into the top flight or, with a bit of luck, fight for an international position at their respective countries for Euro 2016 – for which you can find the latest news on here – or the 2018 World Cup. In the meantime, check out our player profiles on three of Leeds United’s top young stars.
Mowatt is one of Leeds’ top talents and is a regular name on Uwe Rosler’s team sheet. The 22-year-old, who has played for England under-19’s and under-20’s in the past, was handed the number 10 jersey at the beginning of the season and Mowatt has relished this responsibility.
He has appeared ten times this season and, although he is yet to provide an assist or score a goal in the new campaign, he has been crucial to Leeds’ stability and reliability in the midfield.
The Leeds United striker, who joined the club from Motherwell, has played for Scotland at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level. Although he is yet to make his debut for the club, he is certainly talented and has impressed for the reserves and in training during his brief time at Elland Road.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him make his senior team debut in the near future and he could even earn a spot in the Scotland under-21’s side if he impresses at Leeds.
At just 18 years old, Cook is a raw talent but remains one of the top prospects in the squad. He has featured in seven Championship fixtures this season and one Capital One Cup match, but Cook was dismissed midway through that encounter.
He has a unique knack for getting himself into the box and is hungry to get involved in Leeds’ attacking play. Cook has represented England from under-16 level right through to the under-19’s and he could be destined to a move to a higher status club in the future.