By Beck Pascal

18th Jan, 2022 | 1:30pm

Leeds United make history Premier League history with teenage debuts

The BBC has shared that Leeds United have made history becoming the first team in Premier League history to have eight teenagers make their debut in a single campaign.

The Whites’ ongoing injury crisis this season has forced them to call on their academy prospects for first-team action. 

Leo Hjelde, Charlie Cresswell, Stuart McKinstry, Lewis Bate, Joe Gerhardt, Crysencio Summerville, Sam Greenwood and Cody Drameh have all featured in the Premier League this season. 

The Whites’ squad has been hit hard during a season like no other. Every team has struggled with injuries and covid but none to the severe extent of Leeds United, hence the record. 

Silver lining

Leeds being able to write their name in Premier League history is the silver lining from the hellish injury crisis they have endured this campaign.

It will do their youngsters the world of good now and in their futures being blooded to the Premier League so early. Some have exceeded expectations when called upon, potentially fast-tracking their journey into the first team. 

However, this does provide proof for an ongoing problem at Elland Road, squad depth. 

Leeds are desperately trying to find cover in several areas of their squad as they look to add more senior members to their squad. 

This season has highlighted the weaknesses within the squad which need to be made more robust by signing experienced, Bielsa styled players.

Although they seem to be putting the injury crisis behind them as they climb the table, there was a period of time that Marcelo Bielsa’s team flirted with the relegation zone. 

A stronger squad could have seen this almost catastrophic season avoided and allow our teenagers to come on as a luxury based on merit rather than a forced necessity.

In other Whites news, Leeds United handed major Adam Forshaw injury boost – Phil Hay.