By Joe Ellis

15th Sep, 2022 | 9:10pm

Leeds United U21 quintet make step up to first-team training

Five Leeds United youngsters have been testing their mettle in the senior squad training this week, according to Joe Donnohue.

The Whites will have three consecutive weekends without a game thanks to the Queen’s death and the lack of policing as a result, followed by the international break and that has allowed Jesse Marsch to take a good look at some of the talented teenagers at Thorp Arch.

The likes of Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Cody Drameh are already firmly instilled into the first team setup but they could soon be joined by even more if this keeps up.

New summer signings Wilfried Gnonto, Darko Gyabi and Sonny Perkins were all mixing it with the best of Elland Road as were Archie Gray and Under-21s top scorer Mateo Joseph Fernandez.

Leeds’ next game will be on 2 October at home to Aston Villa and whether any of these youngster play is to be seen but they could all feature against Southampton’s Under-21s on Friday and in the Papa John’s Trophy against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday.

Future

As much as they would all love to play week in, week out for the Whites and the fans want to see them get a chance, there is no way Marsch can get all five of them into his plans regularly with the talent he already has at his disposal.

With the huge amount of potential in the Thorp Arch ranks, maybe a few of these young stars of tomorrow to get six months out on loan in the Football League.

Jumping straight from the academy to Premier League football is a very big one for anybody and a period, no matter how brief, further down the pyramid with fewer eyes on you is usually beneficial.

Charlie Cresswell is experiencing that right now at Millwall in the Championship where he has already scored three goals from centre-half.

Fernandez and Gyabi in particular could do with that time away from Yorkshire now and the others won’t be too far behind them either.

In other Leeds United news, there could be a lot of investment heading to Elland Road if this journalist’s report is to be believed.