Leeds United employee backs Sam Greenwood change as new details emerge on Twitter
Noel Whelan has claimed Sam Greenwood is now best in a midfield role for Leeds United despite initially breaking through as a forward.
The former Whites striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 20-year-old will be “very important” for Jesse Marsch this season.
Greenwood, who has made one Premier League start so far this term, entered the fray against Bournemouth on Saturday (5 November) with Leeds United trailing 3-1 after 54 minutes.
The England Under-21 international scored to make it 3-2 just six minutes later, and turned provider for Liam Cooper on 68 minutes as he pulled the Whites level – before Crysencio Summerville notched a late winner.
As per LUFCDATA on Twitter (6 November), Greenwood recorded the most ball recoveries (seven), most chances created (three), second-most tackles (two), and second-most touches (36) during his 36-minute cameo.
The former Arsenal youngster signed a fresh four-year contract during the off-season.
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Whelan hailed Greenwood’s “striker’s instinct” after his curler against the Cherries.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think this role is his best role now.
“I remember seeing him start against Arsenal – I thought he was a striker. He came into the club as a striker and played in the Under-23s as a striker.
“But he likes to play in between the opposition lines, picking up that space in between midfield and defence.
“He likes to get around, he likes to be athletic – but he’s still got a striker’s instinct. We saw that with his goal – it was great technique.
“That goal gave us the belief.
“He will be very important for Leeds United. If he has another good game against Wolves in the League Cup, he will be full of confidence.
“These young players coming through have the quality which is going to help us for the rest of the season.”