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Predicting Leeds’ next five Premier League debutants: Berardi and Gelhardt feature

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Predicting Leeds’ next five Premier League debutants: Berardi and Gelhardt feature

By beating Manchester City on Saturday, Leeds United ensured that they would remain a Premier League club for a second straight year next season.

The Whites have been a revelation in the top flight. And with safety officially secured, it will be interesting to see if Marcelo Bielsa is at all tempted to spring some surprises with his team selections in the final weeks of the campaign.

If Leeds find themselves unable to move in the table at any stage, it may be worth throwing some other names in ahead of the summer. It may help decide whether they have a role to play next season, or should be loaned out.

With that in mind, here is TBR’s prediction of the next five players who may make a Premier League debut for Leeds…

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Gaetano Berardi

It would be a huge shame if Gaetano Berardi left the club without making a top flight appearance. Leeds extended his contract – worth £32,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – after he sustained a serious injury helping the Whites get promoted last year. If he does leave this summer, he surely deserves to go out having played in front of the fans one last time.

Joe Gelhardt

It is almost surprising that Joe Gelhardt has not yet made his first-team debut for Leeds. The forward has been the standout performer in an under-23 side that is on the cusp of winning their title. Surely, his time will come this season.

 

Sam Greenwood

Unlike Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood has made his senior bow for Leeds. However, that came in the FA Cup back in January. The £3 million signing looks to be ideally-suited for Bielsa’s plans. He can play up front, as a 10 or as an eight. And his ability from free-kicks is frightening.

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Crysencio Summerville

Leeds have a lot of depth in wide areas. But if any winger amongst the under-23s is going to get promoted before the campaign concludes, it may be Summerville.

The Dutchman is capable of moments of outrageous skill. He has the potential to put Ian Poveda under a little pressure ahead of next season.

Cody Drameh

Cody Drameh is unlucky in the sense that he is battling for the right-back spot at Elland Road. Luke Ayling has been outstanding in the top flight. And he appears to have plenty more to give.

Nevertheless, Drameh is staking a claim. And if Bielsa is tempted to reward Ayling with a rest this season, the former Fulham man should arguably get the nod.

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