Journalist suggests Swansea City could reignite pursuit of Leeds United teenager Sam Greenwood
WalesOnline journalist Tom Coleman has suggested that Swansea City could reignite their pursuit of Leeds United forward Sam Greenwood in January.
Greenwood, 19, left Arsenal for Leeds in the summer of last year and played an instrumental role in Mark Jackson’s Under-23s side that won the Premier League 2 [Division 2] title.
He scored 12 goals in 18 appearances in the league and made his senior debut in the FA Cup against Crawley Town in January 2021.
However, that remains his sole outing under Marcelo Bielsa as he patiently waits for opportunities behind the likes of Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo, though he has earned a spot on the bench for the last four matchday squads, including Saturday’s win against Watford, mainly owing to injuries.
Now, writing for WalesOnline, Coleman has suggested the England youth international could be targeted by the Championship club again in January.
“Marcelo Bielsa has previously been reluctant to sanction any move,” he said. “It seems unlikely at this stage that Bielsa will change his stance on the youngster, but if he still hasn’t made a meaningful impact on the senior side by January, something may have to give.
“It wouldn’t be any surprise to see his name part of the conversation once again.”
Daily Telegraph reporter Mike McGrath wrote via his Twitter profile in February 2021 that Leeds rejected a late window approach from Swansea for the teenager.
Time to shine?
There is only so long that the likes of Greenwood and Under-23s side-kick Joe Gelhardt can be kept in the shadows.
The duo have dazzled at Thorp Arch and the various other academy pitches over the past year, and that has led to increasing noise from Leeds fans who are desperate to see them perform at Elland Road.
Bielsa has shown faith in them by including the duo in his training and selecting them on the bench, but it could be argued that the latter has been forced upon him due to a spate of injuries at the club.
They were both ignored against West Ham and Watford, despite Patrick Bamford being ruled out of the games.
There’s a lot to be said for keeping players around to train them to your methods, but there has to come a point where their talents are tested at senior level.
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