By David Woods

23rd Mar, 2020 | 12:19pm

Huge potential – Graham Smyth thrilled by U23s ace, Bielsa & first-team players big fans

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has said that there are a number of young Leeds United players with ‘huge potential’ who could make the breakthrough into the first team.

In a recent Q&A in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Smyth was asked which of the current crop of youngsters has “huge potential”.

Bryce Hosannah is one Smyth picked out and he said he has also heard that the 20-year-old is rated by Marcelo Bielsa and the first-team players.

Hosannah has made the bench once for Leeds, in the Championship game against Huddersfield back in December.

He didn’t get on the pitch but Smyth thinks he could be set for big things at Leeds.

The right-back has made one first-team appearance, albeit in a pre-season friendly against Man United last summer.

He played for 29 minutes and recorded some good numbers with an 88% pass accuracy, one successful dribble and one successful cross. [WyScout]

He looked bright and was always looking to get forward and it was his vision and range of passing that impressed us the most.

Two passes caught our eye – both late on in the game with Leeds looking for a consolation.

In the first, picking the ball up on the right, Hosannah was closed down quickly and seemed to have nowhere to go.

However, he looked up, caught a run from Jordan Stevens, and put in a beautiful slide-rule pass that cut out the last Man United defender and created a real opportunity for his team.

In the final few minutes, Hosannah had the ball deep in the United half and had the space to get to the byline and put a cross in.

We’ve seen a lot of aimless crosses come in from our first-choice wingers this season.

Instead, Hosannah held the ball up and waited until he found a pass inside that gave Leeds another chance to get on the scoresheet.

We’ve watched him for the Under-23s a number of times as well and have been impressed. He’s confident and comfortable on the ball, and he’s a very progressive player – we can see why Bielsa likes him.

The fact the first-team players like him shows he’s got a good attitude as well which is just as important when you’re looking to make the big step up from the Under-23s.

He’s perhaps more of a wing-back than a right-back and he’s definitely better going forward than he is at the back but we’re hoping to see more of him in the Premier League next season.

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