Pundit suggests loan move on the cards for Greenwood after what he's seen at Leeds
Noel Whelan has suggested Sam Greenwood may benefit from a loan move away from Leeds United this month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and club ambassador admitted the 19-year-old “struggled” in his first start for the senior side against West Ham (9 January).
Greenwood has played four times for the Whites’ senior side since joining in the summer of 2020.
He has been in and around the first-team squad recently due to injuries suffered by other attackers.
Whelan, who was there in person to Greenwood start at West Ham, insisted the teenager needs to develop more to fulfil his potential at Elland Road.
He suggested heading out on loan, like Cody Drameh, could help the young striker.
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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “There are a few young players there that probably need to do the same (as Drameh).
“I think Greenwood is in that same mould as well. He needs to learn a little bit more about himself.
“You can see that he did struggle a little bit with that step from under-23s to playing in the FA Cup against a Premier League side.
“Yeah, so I think he’s another player where that sort of invaluable experience will do him the world of good and will help the club as well.
“You’re developing the player into a man who can cope with the demands of the league.
“I would say we got our loan experience, back in our day, through the reserves. We were playing against men. When you look at it that way, I had to learn a lot about myself.
“I learned how to hold myself against bigger people and stronger people. More experienced players that have been around in the league for a long time but then found themselves in the reserves.”
Greenwood has scored seven goals in 14 Premier League 2 appearances for the under-23s this season.
When fully fit, he has the likes of Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo Moreno and Joe Gelhardt ahead of him in the pecking order.