By Jonty Banks

15th Nov, 2022 | 8:10am

Leeds United may now pay transfer clause for Mateo Joseph after Premier League debut

Leeds United have triggered a payment to Espanyol after handing teenage sensation Mateo Joseph his Premier League debut against Spurs last weekend, reports Spanish firm La Grada.

Joseph moved to Elland Road last January for just over €500,000 [£438,700] and since then has hit the ground running, netting 12 goals in his 11 appearances for Leeds’ Under 21s – quickly prompting his promotion to the senior squad.

The 19-year-old spent his early years at Espanyol, coming up through the youth set-up before playing for their Under-18 and Under-19s sides respectably.

Following his first senior start for Leeds against Wolves in the League Cup, Joseph came on in stoppage time of The Whites’ 4-3 defeat to Spurs on Saturday (12 November) and has triggered a clause in his contract with Espanyol which will require Leeds to pay the Spanish club a sum of money.

The amount to be paid is unknown as of yet, but alongside any future sell-on clauses, Leeds will be required to pay the La Liga outfit in due course.

One to watch

Joseph is a player who will want to follow in the footsteps of Joe Gelhardt and Willy Gnonto, who have both made positive impressions when stepping up to play for Jesse Marsch’s starting XI in recent times.

Having bagged 14 goals in 21 appearances for the Espanyol Under-19s team last season, Leeds’ scouting system did well to pick up such an obvious talent for such a modest fee. Joseph signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with The Whites upon arrival and given his recent form, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it extended further.

Having hit the ground running alongside under-21 teammate Sonny Perkins, Joseph is the newest talent to be tested in the league by Marsch, and he can expect more game time following the countless injuries Patrick Bamford has picked up.

In a few years’ time, Marsch could have a squad brimming with highly talented forward players, so timing their ascensions through the ranks and keeping them all happy will be of paramount importance.

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