7 Leeds Youngsters Who Could Make Their First Team Breakthrough in 2018/19

This season sees the dawn of a new age at Leeds United.


The appointment of Marcelo Bielsa to the role of head coach has led to a sense of excitement amongst Leeds supporters as the club's playing style and philosophy is set to change under the legendary Argentinian manager. 


While pre-season has seen the arrivals of Chelsea youngsters Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker on loan deals, along with Wolves left-back Barry Douglas, Bielsa has also promoted many young players into the first-team set up at Elland Road. Here are seven players that Leeds fans could see playing in their famous white colours this season:

1. Bailey Peacock-Farrell

Young goalkeeper Peacock-Farrell is already a familiar name to most Leeds fans, as the 21-year-old featured eleven times for Paul Heckingbottom's Leeds side last season.


The youngster also won Leeds' Young Player of the Year Award and, having been given the number one jersey, is expected to push on and make himself a first-team regular between the sticks at Elland Road during the 2018/19 campaign.


He does, however, face some stiff competition for the position in Jamal Blackman, who impressed during a loan spell at fellow Championship rivals Sheffield United last season.

2. Ryan Edmondson

Leeds fans were introduced to young striker Ryan Edmondson in the last game of the 2017/18 season, when he came off the bench to make his Championship debut against Queen's Park Rangers.


And the 17-year-old has featured for Bielsa's Leeds side in their pre-season friendlies, particularly impressing in their match against Conference side Guiseley. Edmondson scored twice in that game, which has put him in his manager's thoughts ahead of the new Championship season.

3. Jamie Shackleton

Shackleton has featured in four out of Leeds' six pre-season friendlies, including a substitute appearance against La Liga side Las Palmas on Sunday.


Naturally a winger, Bielsa has modified the 18-year-old's position to more of a wing-back role, and after putting in some astute performances for his side ahead of the new season, the youngster could be considered as a serious back-up option to Luke Ayling on the right hand side.

4. Yosuke Ideguchi

The Japanese midfielder joined Leeds for £500,000 in Gamba Osaka six months ago, before immediately being loaned out Spanish third tier side Cultural Leonesa until the end of the 2017/18 season,


The 21-year-old has finally joined up with his Leeds United teammates during pre-season and could play a role in the first-team squad this season, especially considering that fellow midfielder Rolando Vieira is set to leave Elland Road for Serie A side Sampdoria.

5. Tyler Roberts

19-year-old striker Tyler Roberts also joined Leeds from West Brom in January, but an injury-hit end to the season meant that he didn't feature for his new club during the 2017/18 campaign. 


The Wales Under-21 forward is one of the Football League's most promising youngsters, having impressed for League One side Walsall during the first-half of last season. Roberts scored five goals in 17 league appearances for the Saddlers, and with the youngster being given the number 11 shirt at Elland Road this season, could be set for more first-team action at Leeds this season.

6. Tom Pearce

Left-back Tom Pearce broke through into the first-team in 2018, impressing many Leeds fans as he made five appearances under Paul Heckingbottom. The 20-year-old also scored his goalscoring prowess last season, scoring his first professional goal in a 2-1 win over Barnsley in March.


Pearce has also been recognised on an international level, winning the Toulon Tournament with the England Under-21 squad this summer, and the youngster will be hoping to take his form through into next season,


He does, however, face competition in the left wing-back spot, with Barry Douglas and Stuart Dallas also vying for a place in that position. 

7. Jack Clarke

Not many Leeds fans had heard of Jack Clarke before the start of pre-season, but boy have they heard of him now.


The 17-year-old attacking midfielder played a very promising role in Bielsa's pre-season plans, having scored twice in two consecutive games against Oxford United and Guiseley. Clarke has also shown a lot of flair in the middle of the park, and is able to beat opponents easily. 


First-team opportunities may be limited next season for the 17-year-old, but is definitely one for the future.