Youth football expert wants 'Jekyll and Hyde' Leeds United to be patient with youngsters

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

There has been a very big push at Leeds United to invest in youth football at every level and it is starting to pay dividends for Jesse Marsch.

The latest player to make the graduation from Under-21 football to the senior team is Crysencio Summerville and he has now scored three goals in as many games, bagging the winner against Bournemouth on Saturday (5 November).

The Whites had been under pressure before back-to-back wins and there had been some calls for youngsters such as Wilfried Gnonto and Sonny Perkins to play minutes while they are in form.

It isn’t quite so easy to manage that, however, as Kinetic Academy founder Harry Hudson knows all too well as manager of Sevenoaks FC in non-league.

He believes that Marsch should be sticking to his guns rather than changing everything which he says is not always the answer to the problems.

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“It’s a really tough one when you’re a manager and you’re struggling,” Hudson said to The Football Wonderkids. “You’ve got to either continue to back what you’ve got or you twist and go with some of the squad players.

“It’s not always the answer to change but as a manager, you’ve got to live and die by those decisions.

“They’re an interesting club, Leeds, sometimes I watch them and they’re really close to being brilliant and other times they are open and easy to score against. They’re a very Jekyll and Hyde club.”

Leeds’ final game before the World Cup break will see them travel to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur where Summerville may well start again.

In other Leeds United news, scouting expert Dave Azzopardi thinks the opposite of Hudson and wants the youth of Thorp Arch to get a chance.