Leeds United youngsters give Marsch food for thought after big win y'day
Leeds United may have seen their senior team beaten away at Leicester City yesterday but it wasn’t all bad news for the Whites.
The Under-18s side were able to put vague smiles on supporters’ faces as they dominated away at Everton to win convincingly 4-1 at Finch Farm.
Luca Thomas started the scoring early on but they were pegged back soon after by Emilio Lawrence for the Toffees before the game changers entered the field of play.
On 68 minutes, Ben Andreucci came on and quickly went about turning the game in Leeds’ favour, scoring twice before Cuba Diboe completed the rout.
It wasn’t the scoreline or the manner of the victory that was most impressive though.
The fact they were able to dominate in such a manner when many of the Under-18s’ better players had been prematurely moved up the ranks at Thorp Arch says a lot about the players’ temperament.
It would be easy for this group of players to use the senior teams’ injury crisis and the promotion of star men as an excuse but the coaching team are having none of it.
Jesse Marsch may have been at the club less than a week but he will already be taking serious notice of the talent within Leeds United.
Further injuries could spell disaster for the American but he needs to follow in Marcelo Bielsa’s footsteps in putting his trust in the club’s academy hopefuls.
Archie Gray was another star against Everton and at 15 years of age, he is one who could well be fast-tracked into the senior setup and star on the big stage.
He, Andreucci and the rest will all be hoping Marsch believes in them as Bielsa did and the Whites could very soon be fielding a side made up of a majority of homegrown talent in the Premier League.
It isn’t easy for Marsch to play them while embroiled in a relegation scrap but as long as he is aware of their ability, that is enough, for now.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in a two-horse race for a Manchester United loanee starring in the Championship.