Leeds United are a club well-known for the ability to bring young talent through the youth system and into, and beyond, the first team set-up at Elland Road.

Currently starring for the first team in this season’s Championship have been Ronaldo Vieira, Kalvin Phillips and Charlie Taylor. Recent graduates who have moved on have included Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt, the first two in the Premier League with Bournemouth and West Ham respectively.

Reach further back and the Category 2 academy at Thorp Arch has seen youngsters such as Johnny Howson, Fabian Delph, and James Milner come through the doors and represent the Whites before moving on to pastures new.

There are current youth players looking to push through and establish themselves in the first team such as the likes of Tyler Denton, Mallik Wilks and Lewis Knight. there may be another name to add to these with the Whites having taken Brentford’s 18-year-old youth midfielder Luke Dunn on trial, according to unofficial Leeds United academy page Lufcyouth (@leedsutdacademy) on Twitter.

Whilst an unofficial account, the Lufcyouth Twitter page does have some kudos in having reported other players being on trial at Elland Road including Huddersfield Town midfielder Jack Boyle. More recently, the Lufcyouth Twitter account reported French goalkeeper Mory Diaw and Spanish defender Julio Lopez being on trial, who both have since played for the Under-23s – the last time the duo played being in the 2-2 draw on April 21.

Brentford’s Dunn is seen as a highly rated prospect with there being some interest in him last year from the likes of Birmingham City, with several Premier League sides also said to be interested in gaining his signature.

Finely poised, but which way will the balance tilt for Leeds United?

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