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Should Leeds change mind on Sam Greenwood?

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Should Leeds change mind on Sam Greenwood?

With Leeds United fans braced for a quiet January, it is little surprise that many of the transfer reports concerning the Whites have centred around players potentially leaving the club this month.

Two of the players who have been linked with the exit are Tyler Roberts and Sam Greenwood. The pair are reportedly attracting a lot of loan interest from clubs in the Championship.

Wales Online recently reported that Cardiff, Bournemouth and Sheffield Wednesday were all tracking Greenwood.

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However, the report noted that Marcelo Bielsa was a big fan of Greenwood. And it was claimed that the Leeds boss had told the striker he was not far from making his first-team debut.

Since that report came out, Greenwood has indeed made his senior bow. He came on in the ill-fated FA Cup tie at Crawley.

One player who was absent for that game was Roberts. Speculation about the Wales international’s future arose with Bielsa simply claiming that he was unavailable recently.

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And the Daily Mirror suggested that Bournemouth, Watford and Cardiff were monitoring the 21-year-old.

With Roberts not starting a game since early October, some kind of move in this window may have made a lot of sense – particularly based on a more recent report concerning Greenwood.

Wales Online claimed that Bielsa had decided that he wanted Greenwood to stay this month.

Greenwood and Roberts do not play in all of the same positions. So perhaps, the respective decisions on their futures will not be connected.

 

But given the week Roberts has had, perhaps Leeds should actually rethink their reported stance on Greenwood’s situation should a good loan offer arrive.

Roberts came off the bench last weekend as Leeds lost to Brighton. It was not a positive afternoon for the Whites in any sense. But the forward looked a lot brighter than he had done for some time.

There were some nice touches. And there seemed to be a few occasions when he drove forward with the ball with purpose and intent.

He followed that up with an impressive 45-minute display for the under-23s on Monday. His performance was lauded by a number of fans.

Those displays have hinted that Roberts could be a surprise package in the second-half of the season. Leeds, of course, have been treated to glimpses of his ability to steal the show.

With that in mind, Greenwood – who could cost up to £3 million (via Daily Mail) – featuring again this season seems much more unlikely. He is probably fourth in the striker pecking order. And he has only recently started playing as a number eight for the under-23s.

Roberts surely needs to show a lot more over a much longer period to prove that he deserves a lot more game-time. But the positive signs from him leave Greenwood facing a much tougher task trying to get into Bielsa’s side again this term.

So if a good bid arrives, Leeds should perhaps consider changing their stance on loaning Greenwood out with Roberts looking poised to come good.

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