By Peter Lynch

25th Oct, 2023 | 11:10am

Mateo Joseph sends message after what he did for Leeds United Under-21s, Daniel Farke clearly has big plans for him

Daniel Farke has several Leeds United youngsters looking to impress him at Elland Road in a bid to get minutes in the senior team.

But one player that is already on the scene is attacker Mateo Joseph, who has unfortunately not been able to impress the boss this season due to injury.

That all changed, however, as the 20-year-old made his first competitive appearance of the season in Leeds Under-21s’ meeting with Hertha BSC on Tuesday (24 October).

The Whites ran out 3-1 winners in the Premier League International Cup clash, with Mateo sending a message to the senior boss by scoring his team’s final goal.

More importantly, however, Joseph played the entire 90 minutes, following on from some playing time for England Under-20s in the recent international break.

The outing against Hertha will delight first team manager Farke, who clearly has big plans for the youngster this season.

Not only has he made the bench twice in the current Championship campaign, but he has featured heavily in Farke’s thoughts, with Leeds Under-21 manager Michael Skubala confirming that the German had a specific request for the young attacker.

“It’s really pleasing,” Skubala told Leeds Live (25 October) after the win over Hertha. “Mateo is really patient, really mature, he’s a good pro and he’s been waiting and training really well.

“Daniel has asked to give him 90 minutes and I thought tonight he got through it really well and looked really good. Credit to Mateo, credit to his patience but it was nice to see him.”

Unfortunately for Joseph, attack is not an area in which the Whites are particularly struggling, with the likes of Georginio Rutter and Joel Piroe shining brightly.

But Farke will absolutely welcome the return of Joseph with open arms, with a big squad needed to make it out of the Championship this season. 

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