A core success of Leeds’ transfer activity in the Premier League has been their keen scouting of youth players from across the country.
Key signings have been made not only with the view of enhancing the quality of the academy, but to have players ready to make their way into senior football.
Sam Greenwood was one of the club’s first eye-catching youth signings in the top-flight, as they paid a reported £1.5million to take the forward from Arsenal.
Since then, he has been one of the gems of the youth setup, making his debut in the 2020/21 season, before becoming a core part of the squad in the following season, where he registered two assists.
His game time has improved significantly since the appointment of Jesse Marsch, who has managed to find different roles for the 20-year-old, who will be relishing his chance to shine after not looking like breaking into the picture at Arsenal.
That’s at least how he sees things after moving north to Elland Road, where he had this to say to The Athletic:
“I just got on with my football down there. It was a massive difference moving from Sunderland to London, a totally different world. Coming from Arsenal to here, there isn’t too much difference but I get a lot more opportunities here. I wasn’t as close to the first team at Arsenal as I am here. It’s been a good decision for me.”
Should Gnonto go straight into the first-team?
Taking that leap has been really beneficial for a lot of players we’ve signed, and it’s a compliment to Greenwood that he was seen as a really shrewd investment.
He’s turned out to be a very good buy for us, because not only is he already a solid option for us in midfield and attack, but he’s obviously got a lot of potential.
Greenwood was behind a number of players in the Arsenal pecking order, with one of those being Eddie Nketiah, and even he’s seeing how difficult game time is.
It absolutely was the right decision from him to join Leeds, and we just need to keep developing him as we are now.