By Daniel Feliciano

8th Mar, 2022 | 8:30am

Joe Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville & Charlie Cresswell promoted to Leeds first-team permanently - report

Leeds have officially promoted Joe Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville and Charlie Cresswell to the first-team with the club set to become more traditional in their setup, according to Leeds Live.

The trio have been part of the first-team setup for much of the season, but have also been regular appearance makers for the under-23’s squad as Marcelo Bielsa looked to keep them fit and sharp.

But after the arrival of Jesse Marsch at the club last week, it seems now that they are taking a more traditional approach to the relationship between the two squads and they are now considered first-team players.

In an interview with Leeds Live Under-23’s head coach Andrew Taylor said, “I think we’ll probably see a little bit more of a traditional model, that’s my initial view – in terms of if they’re playing in the U23s, they’re in the U23s.”

The article then goes on to say, “The likes of Gelhardt, Greenwood, Cresswell, Summerville, Bate and Kenneh are now – for all intents and purposes – regarded as first-team players.”

Traditional

The way Bielsa did things at Elland Road was far and away from traditional, but it seems the club are heading in that direction.

The best young players are usually part of the first-team squad, offering extra numbers in training but also cover for the regular senior players to learn and develop alongside them.

The Whites have been brilliant at using youth players when in need, because the injury problems they’ve suffered this season have been insane.

But the sharpness those players have had after featuring regularly at the level below has certainly helped them to turn in performances that have got tongues wagging.

That won’t be the case anymore, but they could potentially get more first-team action than previously which is only a positive thing when considering the long-term future of the club.

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