Leeds United are understood to have sent scouts to watch England U16s draw 0-0 with Russia U16s in Spain as they continue to cast their scouting net.
The Whites added a number of players to their U18s and U23s side in the summer, including Barcelona duo Rafa Mujica and Guillermo Amor, Stuart McKinstry from Motherwell, and Alfie Hughes–previously of rivals Manchester United.
It appears they’re continuing to search for potential new additions and are casting their scouting net wide as Scouts in Attendance have reported that Leeds sent a scout to watch the England U16s draw against Russia on Monday.
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) December 3, 2019
The game took place at Estadio Camilo Cano in La Nucia, Spain, and was part of the Sportchain Cup.
It included Exeter City teenager Ben Chrisene, who has reportedly caught the attention of some Premier League sides this season.
The U16s have three more games over the next week, with Japan, Mexico, and Spain their upcoming opponents.
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The Whites are understood to be attempting to upgrade their academy from a Category Two to a Category One.
Leeds academy system has produced some key players in recent years, including current first-team squad members like Kalvin Phillips and Jamie Shackleton.
Leeds academy is an integral part of the club, so it is perhaps no surprise to see the lengths they’re going to in order to assess the next generation of players.
Under Bielsa, it must be hugely encouraging to be an academy player, given the opportunities given to the likes of Shackleton and Jack Clarke (last season).
There seems to be a talented wave of players behind them as well, with the likes of Alfie McCalmont, Ryan Edmondson and Jack Stevens impressing for the U23s.