Leeds United boss Marco Bielsa has hailed the work of the club’s academy and revealed that he demands a lot from his crop of young players.
The Whites current squad is littered with youngsters, some of whom have come through the club’s youth setup, and Bielsa has praised the work of the academy in developing the youngsters to be ready for first team action.
However, he insists that he maintains his high standards and demands a lot from his young players.
“I am happy for the young players and the Academy as it is an important part of the club.’’ He told Leeds official website.
“We are demanding much of the youngsters and the preparation of a youngster is more flexible than that of an experienced player.
“The fact that we are very demanding with them allows them to be part of the first team, which is a very positive message.
“The experienced players have a knowledge when choosing amongst the youngsters they want to have in the first team and for me, the support that the youngsters get from our experienced players is very positive.
“Youngsters need to have the approval of experienced players to fit well into the first team.”
Bielsa’s young charges face Queens Park Rangers this weekend, as they look to overtake Norwich City into first place in the league table.
The manager will be hoping that his young players can justify their inclusion and consign QPR to their ninth loss of the season when the two sides face off at Elland Road tomorrow afternoon.