Cardiff City have always been able to produce a talent or two at a consistent rate up until the last decade with Swansea City beginning to pinch the better talents in south Wales.
The Bluebirds haven’t always been the wealthiest of clubs and they can sometimes rely on their academy in cup games to help give the senior players a rest.
Manager Neil Harris has stated before that he backs the plans for the academy and will turn to the youngsters if he believes that they are good enough.
Here are two emerging Cardiff talents that could save the club millions in the future…
The attacking midfielder has had first-team exposure already with a substitute appearance against Luton Town at the start of the season in the Carabao Cup while the youngster also joined them for their pre-season tour to America.
The youngster is currently on loan at Weston-super-Mare and has been impressing as he looks to show Neil Harris what he is all about.
His flair, creativity and goalscoring ability marks him out as a perfect No.10 while he is also able to take players on and beat them with his pace and low centre of gravity.
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He could be the replacement for Lee Tomlin in the next couple of years as the 31-year-old comes toward the end of his career and Waite is definitely a similar player to Cardiff”s current No.17.
The central midfielder has been in the Bluebirds academy since the age of seven as he has progressed through the ranks and become a highly-rated prospect at The Cardiff City Stadium.
He made his under-23 debut while still at the age of 16 and the 19-year-old has been able to fully establish himself in the under-23 setup as he looks to find a way into Harris’ senior squad.
The youngster has had a loan spell with Welsh Premier side Barry Town United this season and made 13 league appearances while scoring one goal as he got his first taste of senior football.
Spence is a tricky and clever midfield player who can pick any sort of pass and is able to have a go from long range as well as get in the box and score from crosses as well.
He is a current under-21 international with Wales and a bright future awaits him at Cardiff in the future if he is developed in the right way.