Leeds latest news: Club acting "aggressively" behind the scenes with recruitment

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Leeds United have a bright future ahead of them after Marcelo Bielsa has used recent transfer windows to welcome exciting youngsters to Elland Road, according to LeedsLive journalist Joe Donnohue.

The Whites grabbed their second Premier League win of the season thanks to a 2-1 victory over Norwich City at the weekend, climbing out of the relegation zone in the process.

What youngsters have Leeds signed in recent times?

Leeds spent £43million during the summer transfer window, but one of the arrivals to go under the radar was 19-year-old midfielder Lewis Bate, who joined from Chelsea after a £1.5million deal was struck.

The Whites brought in another teenager in the form of defender Leo Hjelde, acquiring his services from Scottish giants Celtic for an undisclosed fee.

That came after also signing four promising youngsters less than a year earlier.

Striker Joe Gelhardt made the switch from Wigan Athletic, while Cody Drameh was prised away from Fulham.

Frontman Sam Greenwood penned a three-year deal after heading north from Arsenal and an undisclosed fee was enough to secure Feyenoord winger Crysencio Summerville's services.

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What has Joe Donnohue said about the situation?

Donnohue believes a number of youngsters are close to breaking into Bielsa's first team plans.

He told GIVEMESPORT: "There's quite a few threatening to break into the first team, to be honest.

"That's been a targeted approach in terms of the recruitment from Leeds.

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"They've added quite aggressively at under-23 level over the past two summers with the likes of Sam Greenwood from Arsenal, Joe Gelhardt from Wigan, Cody Drameh from Fulham and Crysencio Summerville from Feyenoord.

"Then, this summer, they added Lewis Bate from Chelsea and Leo Hjelde from Celtic.

"They are all youth internationals in their own right. A few play for the England under-20s, Joe Gelhardt and Charlie Cresswell play for the England under-21s and then Leo Hjelde plays for the Norwegian under-19s."

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Have any of the youngsters been given opportunities by Bielsa already?

All four of those who joined last year have been handed their senior Leeds debut, with Summerville already making six appearances.

Gelhardt has enjoyed four outings since the season got underway, while Drameh was handed his debut in last week's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal before coming on as a substitute at Norwich City on Sunday.

Greenwood has made two appearances but Hjelde is yet to make his Leeds bow despite being an unused substitute seven times.

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