By Joe Ellis

25th Apr, 2022 | 6:10pm

Leeds United Under-23 boss Andy Taylor in awe of Mateo Joseph

Mateo Joseph Fernandez arrived at Leeds United as the club’s only January signing and he appears to have settled into life in Yorkshire very quickly.

The 18-year-old Spaniard already has an assist to his name for the Whites’ Under-18s in just three appearances and everything he is doing is catching the eye of the club’s academy staff.

Under-23s manager Andrew Taylor already has his eye on Fernandez and believes he has been a huge breath of fresh air for the entire academy.

“I love him. Since I’ve came in he’s been a breath of fresh air to me, he’s a real polite, nice, well-mannered kid, works really hard, listens to what we’re saying and what we’re asking of him,” Taylor said, as quoted by Leeds United’s YEP on Twitter.

Fernandez is yet to make his senior debut for Leeds United with Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood the attackers call upon by both Jesse Marsch and Marcelo Bielsa so far this season.

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He is doing everything he can to endear himself to those who matter around Thorp Arch and you can’t ask for much more from him either.

Considering he is completely new to the country, let alone the football club, to have started the way he has at just 18 years of age is highly admirable and won’t be going unnoticed.

All we can ask of him now is to keep on doing what he has been ever since he arrived in Yorkshire and he will soon be flourishing in the famous white of Leeds United.

He will have to find some considerable form to displace Gelhardt and Greenwood as first-choice replacements for Patrick Bamford (if he’s ever fit) but as long as he can push them close, that’ll do for us.

Rodrigo and Diego Llorente are hopefully helping him to adjust as fellow Spaniards and once he reaches the senior setup, they will be key to making him into the player we know he can be on the big stage.

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton has suggested the Whites supporters need to be worried with the fight for Premier League survival heating up.