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Five young players Leeds United should possibly look at promoting for the 2019/20 season

This is a pretty exciting prospect having had the Leeds United U23s win their respective League and Cup during 2018/19 and already seen three or four players play a minor part in the senior teams success this season

Here I look at 5 players that should either play a more prominent role or should actually break into the senior squad.

1- Jamie Shackleton– Shackleton has shown massive potential this year, especially towards the end, having Leeds fans watering at the mouth at his pace, quality and more direct approach from midfield. Keep an eye on this one, he could be a huge addition this coming season. In my opinion Leeds’ number one prospect leading into 2020.

Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton (46) during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England on 1 December 2018.

2- Jack Clarke– This one seems more obvious to most, but following a short but sudden illness following an away draw at Middlesbrough, he hasn’t quite reached the levels of Villa away, earlier in the season. Interest from Spurs could play a part in his development but we wait to hear of a concrete offer, the potential is there, let’s see which shirt he is wearing come August.

Leeds United forward Jack Clarke (47) warming up during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough, Sheffield, England on 28 September 2018.

3- Pascal Struijk– In the second half of the U23 season, Strujik showed a real glimpse of promise, as a gritty central defender with a goal in him, you couldn’t blame Leeds fans for being excited by the prospect.

4- Kamil Maizek– The young stopper has enjoyed a successful season with the U23s, Leading some Leeds fans to want greater things from him this season, the future of Kiko Casilla hangs in the balance, could the goalkeeping answer lie within with Miazek himself?

5- Ryan Edmondson– The 18 year old striker has been a fans favourite ever since making his senior debut in the 2017/18 season as a 16 year old. However, such chances have not been so forthcoming for the local boy this season with senior game time non-existent. Edmondson has knuckled down though rather than sulk and ended the season with 19 goals to his name and is a real force to be reckoned with in that number 9 role.

Leeds United forward Ryan Edmondson (53) scores a goal and celebrates to make the score 2-3 during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Guiseley and Leeds United at Nethermoor Park, Guiseley, United Kingdom on 26 July 2018. Picture by Malcolm Bryce.

These are just a handful of bright sparks for Leeds fans to be excited by in the coming months. It remains to be seen which of them can go on and possibly become legends for the club.

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