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‘Deserved opportunities’ for Academy graduates

Manager on Loader, Kelly and Rinomhota

28 November 2018

A tough result to take in Leeds on Tuesday night after a good showing… but our homegrown talent have really shown Paul Clement that there’s strength in depth in the form of players produced by our Academy.

Liam Kelly is approaching his century of appearances in a first-team shirt, Andy Rinomhota has started in each of the last three games, and Danny Loader was drafted in for his very first senior start in Leeds.

“We can say great stuff about our Academy,” reflected manager Paul Clement after the game. 

“Danny made his full debut tonight, Andy Rinomhota is in the side, Liam Kelly has been involved a bit more.  That’s three really good players from our Academy who are doing well at first-team level now.  I was pleased with all of them.

“Rinomhota is so professional and hard-working, and he played well tonight. Kelly has been in the setup for a longer period now, and is an established first team player.

“Danny is physically strong and tactically bright.  He fatigued near the end, of course, because of the adrenaline and emotion in this game.

“But he played 90 minutes playing in an iconic stadium against one of the best teams in the league, in front of a big crowd… it's a great experience for him.  Previously he hadn't played since a year ago when he came on in extra time in a Carabao Cup game.

“It's good for our Academy that we're producing players.  I wouldn't put them in if they didn't deserve their opportunity. But they did, all of them.”


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