Michael Brown has heralded the “amazing” Leeds United academy as Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt continue to impress for club and country.
The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggested that the Whites were prioritising the development of players to step up to the senior squad with the signing of the attacking duo.
The pair of strikers came on at half-time to score in England under-19s’ friendly clash with Derby’s under-23s on Tuesday, while fellow Leeds youngster Charlie Cresswell started and played 70 minutes.
🏴 #lufc U23 forwards Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt were both on the scoresheet as England U19s beat Derby U23s 8-0! Charlie Cresswell started the game while Greenwood and Gelhardt both played the second half https://t.co/9LThc7Rkpu
— Lufcyouth (@leedsutdacademy) November 19, 2020
Gelhardt and Greenwood, both 18, joined Leeds from Wigan and Arsenal respectively in the summer but are still waiting for the senior debuts despite starring for the under-23s.
Brown has lauded the pair’s performances since their arrivals at Thorp Arch and suggested Leeds signed them both with a view to making that senior step up in the near future.
Brown told Football Insider: “It’s getting better, it’s always been renowned for the players that have come through there, it’s amazing really.
“They’ve still got a great academy, good people, and now strengthening at a more senior level rather than just young players for the club.
“So they’re trying to put the right things in place to try to make everything with the academy growth better, and it’s a good sign when you see them signing players that they can develop.”
Greenwood has scored five goals in six appearances for Leeds’ under-23s, while Gelhardt has four in seven.
They have the likes of Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo Moreno blocking their path to the senior side, while Ryan Edmondson, currently on loan at Aberdeen, is another young striker prospect from the academy.
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