Leeds United’s U23s outfit looks incredibly exciting at the moment.
Last week we discussed how Joe Gelhardt has all the tools needed to be a success at the club, but while we were busy fawning over Gelhardt, his strike partner was picking up a PL2 Player of the Month award.
Sam Greenwood has been exceptional since joining United’s academy, netting five goals in four games, and he more than deserves the recognition he’s received.
U23s manager Mark Jackson has previously spoken about their brilliant partnership on the pitch as well as their budding friendship off of it.
“Sam and Joffy have got a good relationship in regards to playing together,” Jackson said.
“They’ve done that in the national team, so they tell me anyway. You can see that on the training field. They spend a lot of time together and they have a good playing relationship on the pitch.”
The idea of this budding strike partnership coming through is very exciting to say the least, especially when you consider that Leeds haven’t had a partnership like this for a long time.
Be it down to football tactics moving towards favouring one-striker formations or a lack of quality at the club, Leeds haven’t had a top-class strike partnership since Jermaine Beckford and Luciano Becchio.
A decade ago, Becchio and Beckford were banging in 47 goals between them for Leeds, and since then, the Whites haven’t had two forwards put up those types of numbers.
Ross McCormack and Matt Smith came closest with 42 goals between them in the 2011/12 season, and even then, McCormack was starting a lot of games in a deeper role, and he did most of the heavy lifting towards that tally with 29 strikes, so they weren’t your traditional strike partnership.
Gelhardt and Greenwood look like a strike pairing that can work in perfect tandem, and if that can translate to the first team, Leeds may have something special on their hands.