By Liam Thomas

15th Sep, 2022 | 7:40pm

Leeds United U21s boss heaps praise on future star Darko Gyabi

Darko Gyabi has made a bright start to life with Leeds United’s Under 21s with the youngster already impressing boss Michael Skubala.

Gyabi completed a £5million switch from Manchester City in the summer and has gone on to make four appearances for Leeds’ youth setup.

Skubala admitted that the youngster still has work to do, but his ceiling is high and his future is extremely bright, stating he will only get “better and better.”

Speaking to Leeds Live, the Leeds Under 21s boss gave his Gyabi verdict, hoping the Leeds first-team will reap the rewards of their £5million summer investment in the near future.

“He works hard, Darko works really hard,” Skubala said ahead of Friday’s Premier League 2 Division 2 outing. “You can probably see in his performances that he’s working really hard.

“I think we have a really good, young, competitive midfield group at the moment within the 21s and you’ve seen Darko get good minutes in there. I think his performances are getting better and better and I thought against Forest he was really strong.

“When you look at the way we want to play, he’s learning that a little bit and he’s still on that learning curve. He needs to keep his head down, working hard, progressing and keep putting in good consistent performances.

“One thing with youth players is they can have really good performances and then not so good, but the challenging thing is consistency in performance for these types of players and Darko has shown some really good consistency within his performances.”


Gyabi’s Thorp Arch birth has been instant and it bodes well for Jesse Marsch and the Leeds first-team to benefit from sooner rather than later.

The 18-year-old especially excelled in the U21s game against Nottingham Forest, scoring a roaring drive from outside the box in a 5-1 demolition job; a classy performance.

Marsch is also singing the praises of Gyabi after the youngster featured in a pre-season victory over Brisbane Roar; excelling yet again.

“We were excited from the start about the possibility of adding him to the group and now watching him live and seeing his mentality to improve, even more so,” said Marsch. [Leeds Live].

It’s looking like Victor Orta’s shrewd signing will pay off big-time for Leeds and Marsch, it’s extremely surprising Manchester City let him go.

The hype is definitely real, but Gyabi will need to be guided in the right direction and work hard if he is to make any dint in Marsch’s first team setup

Nevertheless, Gyabi is still at the start of his promising career and there’s no need to rush the starlet into first-team action just yet.

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