Leeds launch partnership with Spanish recruitment programme

5 June 2019

Photo: Getty Images Leeds United wants to add further to the development of their homegrown talents. Pictured is Stuart Dallas celebrating after scoring his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds have made a new partnership to recruit future talents for the club.

The club describe the programme as an ideal platform to test and evaluate the development of players.

The club have increased their wages by 73 per cent since 2016.

Peter Høyer ph@offthepitch.com

Leeds United have made a partnership with Foot Talent, an intensive training programme and talent detection project in Spain.

The club’s director of football, Victor Orta, has reached an agreement with the company's director of talent, Gorka Etxeberria, which will see the Leeds gain access to the programme throughout July.

The facilities are based in Salamanca and a member of the Leeds coaching staff will travel to Spain for a number of weeks next month. This member of staff will form part of the Foot Talent Jury, working closely with their staff and following the development of the participants.  Leeds will then have the first option to sign youngsters.

Optimum conditions

In a recent statement, the Whites describe the programme as exciting, innovative and, “an ideal platform to test and evaluate the development of players whilst getting to know potential candidates in optimum conditions.”

Leeds are looking to strengthen their team as the club missed out on the Premier League promotion in the play-offs. Even though the club lost their chance this season, the Whites have extended their deal with Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa as head coach.

The Peacocks made £40.7 million in revenue in 2018. The club have increased their wages by 73 per cent since 2016, from £18 million to £31 million, which might emphasise the club’s willingness to get new players in the squad.