Leeds United Under-23s stars Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood cannot stop scoring and Marcelo Bielsa must hand both a chance in the first-team soon.

The pair lined up together for England Under-19s on Saturday and both got on the scoresheet in a 6-1 rout of Arsenal Under-23s.

Greenwood scored an absolute peach once again, cutting back onto his right foot before curling the ball into the far corner from an awkward angle.

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He is a forward brimming with confidence after netting a superb freekick for Leeds Under-23s against West Brom Under-23s on Monday.

Greenwood is really excelling at Thorp Arch with eight goals in 15 Premier League 2 games – for Arsenal’s youth side last season he scored one in five in the same competition.

Gelhardt too has gone from strength to strength this year and is knocking on the door of the first-team having appeared on the bench six times this campaign.

The 18-year-old made 21 appearances at Wigan so he has experience of senior football.

Bielsa has a big influence on our academy set-up and it seems to be paying off, so now is the right time to give Gelhardt and Greenwood game time in the Premier League.

Both have worked their socks off and have the ability to match their determination – that is a recipe for success.

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The Whites are practically safe from relegation so there is nothing to lose by giving them a go.

Gaining experience now could prove vital ahead of next season, too, when the pair could possibly go out on loan.

Being in and around the first-team on matchday has undoubtedly helped both Gelhardt and Greenwood, who played against Crawley in the FA Cup in January.

However, playing alongside the likes of Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha would be even more valuable.

They would see first-hand the runs those stars make and the instructions they deliver.

That is vital for any young player and the sooner the duo get picked by Bielsa, the better.

In other Leeds United news, PSG have registered an interest in a Whites player who has excelled this term – and it’s not Raphinha.


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