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REVEALED: The 5 whizkids Leeds can build their future around

Joe Baker tips five whizkids at Leeds United to help new manager Darko Milanic turn things around at Elland Road.

 Sam Byram

The young right-back has been ever-present in the Whites line-up since former manager Neil Warnock introduced him at the start of the 2012/13 season. He has looked composed and is a player who likes to get forward as often as possible. With his subsequent rise as one of England's brightest, young full-backs, there has been Premier League clubs sniffing around, with Southampton having a bid rejected for the 21 year-old, and even Manchester City rumoured to have scouted him.

Alex Mowatt

Mowatt is a midfielder who has already made a substantial impact at Elland Road. Despite being only 19, he has featured 31 times, with 29 of those games coming in a breakthrough 2013-14 season. The England U19 international has made his mark this season, scoring an important equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Birmingham City - and he is a player Massimo Cellino will hope to hold onto for the future.

Lewis Cook

David Hockaday gambled on the opportunity to give him a run of games in the first team at the start of the season, and was rewarded with a consistent run of form. Cook continued to flourish under mentor and Academy coach Neil Redfearn, and is now featuring for new manager Darko Milanic. He is a very talented young midfielder, who like his compatriot Mowatt has featured for England, but at U17 level. In the summer he helped his nation to win the U17 European Championships. Redfearn has heaped praise on the 17 year-old and insists he has a "very bright future ahead". Cook has starred in eight out of the 14 games so far for Leeds in the Championship this campaign, and he will be hoping for more games as they look to push up the table.

Liam Cooper

Cooper is a recent signing from League One side Chesterfield. The 20 year-old has formed a solid partnership with captain Jason Pearce at the centre of the defence, and was been snapped up following an impressive 2013-14 season at the Pirelli stadium. Cooper made his debut and helped Leeds to a clean sheet in their 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough. After four frustrating years at Hull City, he will be please that he is getting regular first team football in the Championship this time round.


Brazilian Adryan is currently on loan from Cagliari, but originally from Flamengo, where he learned his trade from the likes of Ronaldinho. He is said to be a huge prospect for the future, but we are yet to see the best of him. Being given the number 9 shirt and potentially spending £3 million on him next year as a permanent signing suggests how highly the Leeds hierarchy rate the Brazil U20 international.

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