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Report: Three U23 players promoted to first-team training at Leeds

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Report: Three U23 players promoted to first-team training at Leeds

Leeds Live have reported that three Leeds United Under-23 players have been promoted to the club’s first-team training sessions over the course of the last week, after closely analysing recent social media posts from the Whites.

Marcelo Bielsa is renowned for his faith in youth. Since his arrival at Leeds, the likes of Leif Davis, Jack Clarke, Jordan Stevens, Jamie Shackleton, Robbie Gotts, Mateusz Bogusz and Olly Casey have become regulars in and around the senior side.

The Argentine likes to include young players in senior training sessions, and it is claimed that Crysencio Summerville has been included – despite making just one Under-23 appearance for Leeds since his £900k (Di Marzio) move from Feyenoord.

 

They are not the only Under-23 players to have been called up. Leeds Live also reckon Niall Huggins – who starred for the Under-23 side against Reading on Friday – and Jack Jenkins have been given a promotion.

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TBR’s view – Which one has best chance of first-team breakthrough?

Until the signing of Raphinha, Summerville would have had the best chance. Certainly, he is probably still the closest to a senior Leeds debut given he has already played in Holland’s top tier. Pace, skill and end product, he has a chance.

But Raphinha will push him further down the pecking order out wide. Huggins is an attacking midfielder, but played at left-back on Friday where he starred. Leif Davis, Gjanni Alioski and Stuart Dallas are options in the first team.

Jenkins, 18, might have the best chance. Pascal Struijk is likely to cover injured centre-backs Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente, meaning cover for Kalvin Phillips is light if the England ace drop out. Jenkins could have a small chance.

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