Phillips: Leeds have missed a trick with Greenwood

Leeds United “missed a trick” in not sending Sam Greenwood out on loan to high-flying Swansea in January.

That is according to former Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after this site revealed that Leeds had turned down a number of Swansea approaches for the 19-year-old striker on deadline day.

Swansea boss Steve Cooper has worked with Greenwood in his time as England Under-17s manager — the striker scored 12 goals in 14 matches during his tenure — and was keen to set up a reunion.

But Bielsa is understood to want Greenwood to continue his development at Thorp Arch with Leeds development side.

This is a misstep according to Phillips who thinks the Championship promotion hopefuls would have provided the young striker with a perfect platform on which to build…

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think it would have been a good move for him.

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“It’s different if you’re going to a side that’s scrapping relegation in the Championship but Swansea are going for promotion.

“They’re full of confidence, they’re a good footballing side, they create opportunities and the manager’s worked with him and got the best out of him.

“Maybe for his development it could have been a good one. I’ve always said, if you’re not getting any game-time or your current side, go out on loan and develop your game.”

Greenwood began his career with Sunderland before moving to Arsenal in 2018.

Leeds signed him from the Gunners in a £3million deal in the summer and he has since scored six goals in 10 Under-23 appearances.

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