Mateo Joseph and Michael Skubala reunion on the cards as Leeds United loan exit mooted
William Jackson has suggested that Mateo Joseph and Michael Skubala could be reunited this January, should the Leeds United forward depart Elland Road on loan.
The Whites’ former Under-21s boss has taken over the ranks at League One outfit Lincoln City, having impressed during his time at Thorp Arch working with both the academy and first-team sides.
LeedsLive journalist Jackson believes that Skubala may well be able to use his connections with Daniel Farke’s side to add to his squad in the January transfer window and has tipped Mateo Joseph as one player who could join the Imps on a temporary deal.
Writing for Leeds Live (15 November) he said: “Joseph needs first-team football and given the standard of competition, it seems as though opportunities might well be few and far between under Farke moving forward.
“Skubala knows Joseph incredibly well, of course, having guided him through his eye-catching season with the U21s last time around. He knows what he can offer a team in League One and having seen him bulk up in recent months, he knows he would be able to handle the competition.
“The Imps are the lowest-scoring side in the top half of League One and Joseph would certainly back himself to add goals to that team.”
Beneficial to all
As Jackson suggested, it is looking incredibly unlikely that Joseph will be involved in any major capacity at Elland Road this season, with Farke’s attacking line arguably the most well-stocked of any position in the Leeds United team.
Joel Piroe and Georginio Rutter are the German’s preferred options to start week in and week out, so much so that both Patrick Bamford and Joe Geldhart have found regular minutes hard to come by, let alone regular starts.
A move to League One for six months with a manager who knows his game inside and out would give Joseph the perfect platform to continue his development while preparing him for the adaptation to senior football and a similar style of play to that employed at Elland Road.
It feels like a move that would benefit all parties involved and as Leeds look to prepare and ready their next generation of stars in their youth ranks, it would seem a mistake to not utilise their new connection with Lincoln City.