Leeds United Academy & U21 Graduates
This page is an up-to-date record of Academy players that have represented the Leeds United first team since 1987. This list contains players that have either graduated from the Academy or were signed and embedded into the Academy or youth team set up when they joined the club. There is a fine line between players qualifying as 'Academy graduates' that have represented the club at all age levels and those that were added to the younger age groups before representing the first team. Only players under the age of 22 that have represented the club below first team level have been included.
I have tried my best to ensure the 'joined' date is as accurate as possible and represents the date each player joined the club as opposed to signing professional terms. Players signed under the age of 21 have been excluded if they were signed as an immediate first team player (e.g. Robbie Keane was signed at the age of 20 but joined as a first team squad member).
The players are listed in chronological order from when they made their first team debut for Leeds United.
Noteable players that came through the youth ranks at Leeds but never represented the club and are not included on the list include David Seaman, Danny Rose, Micah Richards, Oli McBurnie, Tom Cairney, Luke Garbutt, John Scales, James Tavernier, Matthew Lowton, Daniel Batty, Michael Johnson, Elliot Kebbie, Harpal Singh, Tom Taiwo, Michael Woods, Caleb Folan and James Tavernier.
This is an ongoing developing project and I am currently checking through various sources and adding as much detail as I can, but if you have spotted any details that need amending please get in touch at email@example.com.