Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has claimed that the club have been dealt a blow after promising youngster Sam Greenwood was ruled out of upcoming games through injury.
With the Whites impressing in the Premier League after sealing promotion back to England’s top-flight after a 16-year absence, the under-23 side are third in Premier League 2 Division 2 as things stand. An impressive start to the season for the Yorkshire club’s young squad has seen the likes of 18-year-old Greenwood stand out, netting five goals in four games.
After joining Leeds from Arsenal this summer, the young striker has now been ruled out of action through injury.
The Whites confirmed the news via their official website, saying that the injury had been sustained whilst on international duty with England at youth level and that he is set to miss three to four weeks of action.
What has Whelan said about Sam Greenwood’s injury?
Speaking on Greenwood’s absence, Whelan told Football Insider: “For any young player who’s come to a new club, that is the biggest worry that you have in your mind is stopping that momentum, getting injured and being out for two, three weeks.
“The keyword that was in my mind was momentum and he had that going into these games. You lose that little bit of sharpness, you lose that bit of consistency in your performances that you’ve been getting.
“He’s going to have to be mentally strong now. I’m sure there’s going to be a good body of people around him that will keep him positive.
“It’s one of those that the under-23s, the people you buy and bring in, they’re the ones pushing to put the first-teamers out of their position. On two fronts it’s a big blow for Leeds.
“It is a big blow for the under-23s and for Joe Gelhardt as well. They had a great partnership going together there and it’s just stopped in its tracks.”
Could Sam Greenwood become a first team player for Leeds in the future?
Why not? Marcelo Bielsa’s side have the likes of Rodrigo Moreno and Patrick Bamford capable of playing the centre-forward role but other than those two players, the Argentine doesn’t have an abundance of senior options.
Greenwood has certainly impressed with his recent goal tally and, once back from injury, he may force his way into contention for a senior call-up, even if only in domestic cups, provided he can pick up where he left off.
Greenwood’s injury may not be seen as too much as a disruption to Bielsa’s plans, although it is a real momentum-crasher for the promising teenager.
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