Leeds United are top of the Championship and playing some gorgeous football, but there is the odd cloud on the horizon.
Injuries are beginning to mount up; Leeds have a thin squad and a manager in Marcelo Bielsa who demands a high-tempo style of play.
If the injury list carries on growing any further, Bielsa will need to turn to the club’s young players to bolster the squad.
Leeds have a strong record of producing quality players and have invested heavily in procuring young talent from across Europe.
Three youngsters were namechecked by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay as players Bielsa may call upon this season. But what do we know about them? Read on…
Pearce is likely to be the most familiar of the trio for the fans. The left-back joined Leeds from Everton back in 2014 and a strong goalscoring record – for a defender – caught the eye at youth level.
Both Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom named him on the bench in early 2018 before he made his Whites debut in March against Sheffield Wednesday.
He opened his Leeds account with a long-ranger against Barnsley in April and his late season form earned him a call-up from England for this summer’s Toulon tournament.
He made two appearances as the Three Lions won the trophy, and this season has featured for the Under 20s also.
Edmondson is a striker, so he may be the beneficiary of Bielsa’s current injury crisis up front. If Tyler Roberts picks up a knock, then he may be the next cab off the rank.
He came through the ranks at York City and became the youngest player to make a league appearance for the club aged just 16 years and 140 days, in October 2017.
He was snapped up by Leeds the following month and made his debut on the final day of last season, under Heckingbottom.
Like Edmondson, York-born Clarke is a 17-year-old forward, who will be hoping to make the most of Bielsa’s current striker shortage.
He is yet to make his competitive first-team bow, but did feature on the ill-imagine post-season tour of Myanmar last term.
Clarke has also received high praise from former Leeds man Tony Dorigo, who praised his balance on the ball and ability to beat a man.