Whelan predicts Premier League debut for Leeds sensation Greenwood
Noel Whelan has suggested Sam Greenwood may have to wait until next season to get his chance in the Premier League at Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds forward and club ambassador admitted the presence of Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts would limit the 19-year-old’s opportunities.
The teenage hitman has been in fine form for Leeds’ under-23s this season, scoring six goals in 10 appearances.
He struck in the 4-2 Premier League 2 defeat to Arsenal’s under-23s last Friday, as well as the 5-3 EFL Trophy loss to Salford City.
Greenwood made his first senior appearance of the season in last week’s League Cup defeat to Arsenal.
He has been on the bench five times in the league this season but is yet to make his top-flight debut.
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Whelan insisted Greenwood has the potential to be a first-team star.
However, he suggested the youngster would have to be patient.
Discussing the possibility of Greenwood making his league debut, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The signs are there.
“I think this season might be a little bit too soon. Personally, I still think he’s got a lot of learning to do and progression in his game to get to that level in the Premier League.
“A lot of the kids have gone out on loan at times as well. Maybe there are areas that maybe, next season, could push him to that point, but you never know.
“Progression happens in different stages, at different times and different levels. So he’s definitely got the talent. I think he has proven that for the under-23s.
“He’s a smashing young man, loads of ability and another one that’s there for the future.
“Right now, is he going to get past Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts in that position right now? I think the manager wants that more experienced footballing head in that position.
“That gives them those opportunities before Greenwood. It’s down to him to keep pushing and playing and producing performances for the under-23s.”