By Pranav Shahaney

7th Dec, 2022 | 9:10am

36 scouts reportedly watched the Leeds United under-21s draw against Crewe Alexandra in the Papa John’s Trophy in November.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post [7 December], first-team player Joe Gelhardt was also part of that clash and he is one of the youngsters that could leave the club on loan in January.

Mateusz Klich, Sam Greenwood and Alfie McCalmont are among the others who could attract significant loan interest over the next month.

Important calls

The fact that so many scouts turned up to watch the under-21s suggests that the Whites have a number of talented young players on their books.

Loaning them out in January is something that they surely will have considered and it’s now time for them to gauge it on a player-by-player basis.

Greenwood and McCalmont are further down the pecking order so they certainly could benefit from moves elsewhere to get some game time.

For Klich and Gelhardt, Jesse Marsch may decide against letting them leave as they offer valuable depth to the first-team squad.

Klich has often come off the bench in the second half of games due to tired legs and has done a pretty decent job.

We were stunned that he wasn’t picked for the World Cup squad, but if he does have ambitions for Euro 2024, then he could look to leave in order for regular game time.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now scouting an attacker at the World Cup and a January move appears to be on the cards for them.