By Mark Smith

7th Feb, 2021 | 8:30pm

Journalist names two Leeds U23s players expected in PL squad v Crystal Palace

Leeds United under-23s demolished Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon to extend their winning run in the Premier League 2.

The likes of Joe Gelhardt and Crysencio Summerville were on fire, as they were involved in nearly all four goals in the North East.

Mark Jackson didn’t have any first-team players to call upon and was even missing two of his biggest talents in the under-23s squad.

Leeds Live journalist Joe Donnohue has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Charlie Cresswell and Niall Huggins could be on the bench yet again.

“No Niall Huggins or Charlie Cresswell involved in today’s Leeds U23s game, which could indicate they’re in the squad for Palace tomorrow,” he wrote.

Both Cresswell and Huggins have been superb this season for the under-23s.

The young duo have been rewarded recently and have been on the bench more often under Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League.

The fact that they were not involved at all on Sunday could show that they are preparing for a bigger role, and could actually make their debut off the bench.

Gelhardt show.

Cresswell and Huggins have made the jump into the Premier League squad, and there are plenty more in the queue waiting.

Gelhardt especially showed that he is far too good for the under-23s on Sunday, and there was one hint that could prove he is set to feature against Palace.

The young forward was taken off after 45 minutes against Boro, despite scoring twice, and the only explanation would be his involvement at Elland Road.

It would be fully deserved, and he is destined to follow both Cresswell and Huggins into the Premier League squad sooner rather than later.

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