Summer changes proving positive.
Adam Underwood has expressed his delight at how the clubs new Academy structure has already benefitted Leeds United.
Underwood, who has been head of the Academy since 2014, worked closely this summer with the board of directors and head coach Marcelo Bielsa to implement changes at Thorp Arch which are already appearing to be effective with positive results on the field at every age group and several young players stepping up to the first team.
Carlos Corberan has stayed on as Under-23 manager, however he has also stepped up to become an important coach for Marcelo Bielsa, providing a bridge between the Academy and first team. Danny Schofield has also increased his involvement in the Under-23 set up.
Speaking about the operations, Underwood said: "Carlos is now embedded in both the first team and the Under-23 staff, moving the Under-23 operation closer to the first team and further establishing the pathway for our Academy players.
“Danny is leading the sessions each day with Carlos’ guidance and by structuring our approach and creating regular exposure to the first team environment, our most promising young players are developing under first team conditions and are being challenged to meet their specific demands.
“We have already seen opportunities for Jamie Shackleton, Jack Clarke and Ryan Edmonson this season and with such a strong base of talent in the Academy and out on loan, I am hopeful that given time we will see more young players earning a chance to progress."
Former Leeds forward Richard Cresswell was also appointed this summer in the position as head of Academy coaching, with Underwood seeing this role as crucial appointment across all age groups.
“Richard is responsible for leading the Academy coaching department and ensuring the delivery of our game and training models is aligned throughout the age groups,” said Underwood.
“He is working closely with all the coaching staff, helping them to develop as coaches which in-turn, helps to develop our players. He brings a wealth of experience in the game and is an invaluable addition to the established Academy staff.”