Heading into this week, it appeared that Sam Greenwood may be something of an anomaly amongst the Leeds United squad.
The £3 million summer signing (fee reported by Leeds Live) previously seemed to be one of the few players at the club who may not have been tasked with learning a number of roles.
All of his first five appearances in Premier League 2 this season had seen Greenwood lead the line.
And it looked to be his form while playing up front – he has already scored five this term – that had really brought him onto Marcelo Bielsa’s radar.
The forward trained with the senior squad last week (via club’s YouTube channel). That may have left some wondering if he was edging closer to a first-team debut.
Ultimately, he was not involved with the squad that took on Arsenal at Elland Road on Sunday. But you could understand why some fans may be convinced that it is inevitable that he will make his senior bow before this campaign concludes.
And perhaps there is already reason to think that a debut this term has become even more likely.
Greenwood now a midfield option?
Greenwood was initially named on the bench for the under-23s on Monday. However, an injury to Stuart McKinstry saw the 18-year-old promoted to the starting lineup.
But with Bobby Kamwa playing up front, Greenwood was tasked with playing in the number eight role alongside Rodrigo.
The teenager was unable to add to his tally of goals. But there were still flashes of brilliance. And he certainly appeared to play with a confidence that suggested that he had a lot more experience in that role than he actually does.
If that display is a sign of what is to come, Greenwood could really add another string to his bow.
And, while Greenwood may still have his sights set on the first-team striker position, his ability to make an impact in midfield surely only increases the likelihood of Bielsa promoting him to the bench at some stage this season.