The academy at Leeds United has developed a rightful reputation for bringing through top young players. The likes of Ronaldo Vieira, Kalvin Phillips and Bailey Peacock-Farrell are all currently first-team regulars at Elland Road. So who is next? This week saw Leeds United hand out a new contract to talented midfielder Bobby Kamwa. Could he make the step up?
The 18-year-old signed his first professional deal at Leeds after what has been an impressive 2018 for the teenager.
Last month Leeds United’s under-18s won a tournament in Doha with the Aspire Academy. Kamwa was the star of the show. He was named the player of the tournament for his standout displays in the heart of the Leeds midfield.
The Cameroon-born star is an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal and, given the way Leeds’ season has gone recently, perhaps he deserves a chance in the first-team before the end of the current campaign?
There are some players at Leeds’ academy who are, more than likely, ahead of Kamwa in the pecking order.
That said, his form has warranted a new contract and he could bring fresh impetus to a stale Leeds midfield.
Leeds are now in a position where younger players can get a chance in the first-team. Relegation is not going to happen and promotion is now out of the picture. Rather than wallow in the disappointment, Leeds should relish an opportunity to give young players a chance and experiment with the first-team.
Kamwa is a goal threat, something Leeds are desperately missing from midfield, and would be a popular choice if given a chance before the season is out.
Kamwa deserves a shot to showcase what he can do with the first-team. Hopefully the 18-year-old can get a chance.