Leeds United youngster Mateo Joseph has joined in with first-team training at Thorp Arch, Joe Donnohue of The Yorkshire Evening Post reports.
Joseph, an 18-year-old centre-forward, joined Leeds from Espanyol’s Under-19 side in January of this year.
He’s been playing for the Whites’ Under-21 side at Premier League 2 level, and clearly grabbed the attention of Jesse Marsch when he scored four goals in their season opener against Derby County.
He then followed that up with another strike in a 2-2 draw with Norwich City ten days later.
Donnohue took to Twitter to share the news about Joseph, who’s been rewarded for an electric start to the season.
He wrote: “January signing Mateo Joseph has been pictured in training with the #LUFC first-team following his five-goal start to the U21s’ PL2 campaign.”
Leeds are down a centre forward option at the moment, and so there may be an opportunity for Joseph to make his debut in some capacity.
His fellow Spaniard Rodrigo faces up to a month on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder against Everton last week.
Perhaps Joseph, training amongst the senior stars at Thorp Arch, can make his case for a place in the squad against Nottingham Forest on Monday.
If he proves he can cope with the step-up in quality and physicality, then perhaps Jesse Marsch will be tempted.
The manager has already said publicly that Joseph is ‘inching closer and closer to first-team possibilities’.
His coach Michael Skubala called him ‘brilliant’ after his four goals against Derby, and also raved about the player’s application.
“I’ve been here a week and what an athlete Mateo is and what a kid he is, first of all,” he said.
“He works hard, his attitude is brilliant and I look at him and think ‘what you could be for a Leeds player’. If I’m watching that as a fan I’m thinking ‘Wow! I want him in the team’. Today I thought he showed his qualities, he absolutely showed his quality, his spinning in behind and getting four goals.
“I thought he was exciting today.”
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