Journalist 'mystified' by treatment of Leeds United loanee Sam Greenwood at Middlesbrough
Leeds United loanee Sam Greenwood was once again left out of the starting line-up for Middlesbrough against Sheffield Wednesday in a move that left journalist Graeme Bailey “mystified”.
Greenwood joined fellow Championship side Boro on a season-loan deal on 31 August, but he has not started any of the Smoggies’ three games since then.
Prior to the meeting with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening [19 September], the 21-year-old had been restricted to just 32 minutes for Boro.
Reflecting on Michael Carrick’s starting line-up to face the Owls, TeamTalk writer Bailey posted on Twitter [19 September]: “Much better looking XI from Michael Carrick and delighted to see Josh Coburn staring but mystified how Sam Greenwood still not getting a chance, especially with Matt Crooks starting – but fingers crossed!”
Greenwood was allowed to temporarily leave Elland Road in the summer window as it was deemed he was not going to realistically challenge for a place in the Leeds side this season.
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The fact that it was only a loan deal that was sanctioned, and nothing permanent, suggests the Whites still feel he has a future in West Yorkshire.
It will be a concern for United, then, that Greenwood is struggling to get minutes for an underperforming Middlesbrough side.
There is still plenty more time ahead for the youngster to win over Carrick, of course, but he will hope to get more than the odd cameo appearance from the substitutes’ bench to do so.
If that does not prove to be the case, it will be interesting to see if Leeds have the option to recall Greenwood early in the new year.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared an aspect of the win over Millwall that particularly pleased Daniel Farke.