Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has told the Yorkshire Evening Post which academy graduate has impressed him the most during pre-season.
The £10 million ace signed for Leeds last summer and midfielder Mateusz Bogusz drew the most praise when quizzed about the academy.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa wasn’t shy when it came to playing the club’s younger players last season. Several were included in the pre-season tour to Australia and featured in other friendly games too.
It seems likely that some academy prospects will get the chance to shine again this season. Bamford reserved special praise for the 17-year-old Polish maestro.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “For me, I think over our pre-season we have had faces from last year coming back and also players like Leif Davis. But, we have got a young lad called Bogusz who is top.”
Bamford saw injuries hamper his time on the pitch last season. His goalscoring ability has never been in question, however. In his maiden campaign with the Whites, he netted 10 goals in 25 appearances.
Given that Bamford has highlighted the quality of Bogusz, it would be little surprise to see him in a few Leeds squads this season.
Boss Bielsa knows what quality lies in waiting in the youth ranks and the Polish midfielder could be the next off the conveyor belt.
The teenager is yet to make his first-team bow and he will probably work with Carlos Corberan’s under-23s once again this season.
It can’t do his chances any harm, however, if first-team players are noticing his talent and a first-team opportunity might not be far away.