Encouraging “leadership” claim made about Leeds United ace on international duty

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Simon Rusk believes Leeds United midfielder Darko Gyabi has “stepped up” to his leadership role with the England Under-19 squad.

Leeds United pair Gyabi and Sonny Perkins helped the England’s Under-19s to a 1-0 win over Hungary in Under-19 European Championships qualifying last night.

Gyabi, a summer arrival from Manchester City, was skippering the Young Lions. The 19-year-old signed for a reported fee of around £5million, as per The Athletic.

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Gyabi has had to bide his time for minutes at senior level, but has played three games for the first-team, including a full debut in the EFL Cup against Wolves.

The Yorkshire Evening Post interviewed Gyabi’s England U-19 boss post-match, where he outlined his reasonings for giving Gyabi the role of captain, Rusk said: “He’s got real energy.

“I think what I do have is, there are a few players who would possibly be deserving of the armband.”

Rusk has been impressed with Gyabi growing into the position, he added: “Obviously, we had the camp in September and Darko lent himself to some leadership roles, he captained the group in one of the games.

“We lost [former captain] Sammy Braybrooke unfortunately, due to a nasty injury earlier in the season, so Darko’s stepped up to that well.”

If Leeds are relegated this summer, then Gyabi has to play more of a key role in the Championship.

However, if the Whites stay up, then a loan may be the next best step in his development. Gyabi is a fantastic talent and needs the game time at senior level.

His exploits at youth level with England are another feather in his cap, and only further showcase a rising reputation. Leeds need to make sure there is a pathway into their first-team plans eventually, regardless of division they are in.

Gyabi showing captain qualities will also be good for him in the long-term, too. Rusk’s comments will have done a lot for his confidence and personal growth.

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