By Liam Thomas

12th Nov, 2022 | 8:10am

Leeds United squad will have new look before 49ers expand Elland Road

Leeds United will likely wave goodbye to some of their up-and-coming talents in the squad before the 49ers expand Elland Road, according to the Yorkshire Post.

The newspaper has insisted on its website that some of the current talented crop will not be at the club once the 49ers make major moves in West Yorkshire.

Ones who face any chance of making it will have to be “ambitious and successful” today if they want to be part of things in the future.

“In a few years, they will be owned by the San Francisco 49ers playing at an expanded Elland Road and many – not all – of Illan Meslier, Pascal Struijk, Crysencio Summerville, Willy Gnonto, Sam Greenwood, Joe Gelhardt, Darko Gyabi, Sonny Perkins, Mateo Joseph, Leo Fuhr Hjelde, Archie Gray, Charlie Allen, Charlie Cresswell and Lewis Bate will make up the core of the squad,” said journalist Stuart Rayner as quoted by the Yorkshire Post.

“It would be overstating it to say this has been a changing-of-the-guard fortnight, but before Mateusz Klich, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Rodrigo and Struijk (like Meslier, both a senior and junior player) were left out of World Cup squads, Summerville scored three goals in as many league games, Gnonto impressed from the bench, Sam Greenwood forced his way into midfield and Gyabi, Perkins and Joseph made debuts in the League Cup.”


It’s hard not to get excited by all the 49ers talk especially when it’s paired together with Leeds’ fantastic emerging youth talents.

It does feel like a bit of a changing of the guard in recent Premier League fixtures and Leeds youngsters have stepped up to the plate in doing so.

Summerville and Gnonto have been the obvious standouts, whilst Greenwood through his hat into that chat with his sensational outing against Bournemouth.

Meslier may be the man who Leeds will struggle to keep hold of, his classy and mature performances between the posts signal a move away to a top European giant.

Nevertheless, if Leeds can keep the Frenchman alongside their other burgeoning stars, the future under the 49ers’ leadership is looking bright.

Add a few solid up-and-coming talents to this with the money they bring with them and Leeds are onto a winner. Not many teams in the Premier League right now boast such a young and talented squad.

In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville will be furious with this major development at Leeds.