There have been many over the past two seasons, well beyond that arbitrary marker really, who have likened Leeds United to some sort of wapred and twisted version of a Shakespearean tragedy.
Indeed, if Leeds United were to become Shakespeare’s 38th play, then the Bard would have a ready-made protagonist in Massimo Cellino and plenty of dirt to sift into some semblance of a play. Come to think of it, Cellino would out-Macbeth the Scottish Thain himself.
Talking of Macbeth, there’s a quotation very early on in the play from one of the withces to Banquo that goes: “If you can look into the seeds of time,/And say which grain will grow and which will not,/Speak then to me.”
That pretty much sums up the progress of players from Leeds’ Under-21 Development squad with recent names such as Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewie Coyle getting their chances over the last two seasons, the first three cementing their places in the first team set-up.
Other names are mentioned such as Irish youngsters Frank Mulhern, Eoghan Stokes and Robbie McDaid plus others on the fringes such as Kalvin Phillips and Jack McKay – the former who has featured and scored for the first team last season as well as the latter who has travelled with the first team squad this season.
One highly-rated youngster who has been spoken about in high regard by Leeds’ youth coach Jason Blunt is 17-year-old striker Malik Wilks. Blunt said of the youngster, “Malik, I’d say, he’s raw. He’s got a lot to learn, both tactically and technically, but he’s something different, he excites people. He’s got a bit of bite to him, he’s a character and he is something different.”
Wilks also has an eye for goal and an aibility to find the target, as evident in the following Tweet and his finish against Barnsley following Leeds’ total football passing.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 26, 2016
That goal was Malik Wilks’ first for the Under-21s and is unlikely to be his last for that age group. Whilst it has likely come too late to make a push to be knocking on Steve Evans’ door for this season, displays such as what he has been putting in of late will no doubt catch the eye of the Leeds United management sooner rather than later.