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Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear has confirmed the club intends to proceed targeting young players and likewise warned supporters they may miss out on key targets on account of the dangerous nature of their recruitment strategy. The Whites are showing total commitment to their scouting network as they proceed to explore the marketplace for opportunities having recently paid a club-record £35million fee for Hoffenheim frontman Georginio Rutter.

The Frenchman followed Max Wober through the door and with Leeds now showing more faith than ever in raw talent – there may be a way the long run is brilliant at Elland Road.

Kinnear said of Jesse Marsch’s recent forward and the following phase of Leeds’ plan: “Georginio is a player that now we have believed for a while has immense potential and while his availability in January got here as a surprise, we were quick to act,” said the chief executive.

“Our strategy of attempting to secure players early in steep development trajectories means we only have two short windows where Leeds United is a viable option.

“This ambition inevitably means we are going to often miss out on targets, however the upside is, once we are successful, that we secure talent that may materially help the club move to the following level.”

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While Leeds are all the time keeping track of openings to enhance their squad, the main focus will now switch to loaning out among the club’s children.

Joe Gelhardt looks set to move to the Championship on loan with Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City and Swansea City amongst those keen.

He had looked poised to rejoin former club Wigan prior to now few days however the deal is yet to have been accomplished.

“Rutter’s arrival will mean that we shall be trying to make some outbound loans before the tip of the transfer window,” said Kinnear.

“We consider that being more lively in loaning out our emerging talent shall be essential in ultimately accelerating their ability to contribute to our first team.”

The concept behind Kinnear’s strategy is that Leeds might have the opportunity to sooner or later unearth a player of Harry Kane’s quality.

He continued: “Harry Kane had 4 different loan spells before he became England’s best striker and Championship experience is a major step up from competing in Premier League 2.”

Leeds are currently fifteenth within the Premier League table but they’re slowly edging closer to the drop zone having not won within the top-flight since beating Bournemouth 4-3 on November 5.

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