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Leeds can forget about Cunha by unleashing Sam Greenwood

Leeds United seem to have a busy January transfer window planned if recent reports are anything to go by, with Jesse Marsch looking to bolster a squad which already underwent a significant overhaul in the summer.

However, before the market has even opened, the Whites have already lost out in their pursuit of one top target in Matheus Cunha.

Indeed, Wolves announced on Christmas Day that they had signed the player in a deal that could ultimately be worth a whopping £44m.

It seems that this was something the Whites were unwilling to match, which duly allowed the Old Gold to win this transfer battle.

The 23-year-old was admittedly struggling this season, having not scored in any of the 17 games he has featured in so far.

Perhaps that transfer disappointment could spur Marsch on to look at his academy instead to find an alternative.

One talent who would fit the mould that the Brazilian might have filled is Sam Greenwood, who has been slowly creeping his way into Leeds’ first team of late.

Despite only making six appearances in the Premier League this season, amounting to 184 minutes, he has still recorded one goal and one assist.

It seems that he is finally getting the rewards he is owed after his performances in the 2021/22 Premier League 2 campaign, in which he scored eight goals and set up another five in just 17 games.

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Throughout his time in one of Europe’s top five leagues, Cunha has never managed to equal this goal contribution tally once.

Despite that blot on his copybook, RB Leipzig still dubbed the £49k-per-week midfielder their “Brazilian magician” on Twitter when he was at the club back in 2019.

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What makes Greenwood an even more viable option than Cunha is outlined in James Marshment’s tweet on the 20-year-old as he claimed: “The beauty, and uniqueness, of Sam Greenwood’s strike yesterday is that he’s one of the few players in the game who are both left AND right footed. A very rare breed.”

Whilst Wolves might think that they have bested the numerous rivals who were interested in the Atletico Madrid man, at Elland Road it could have put the parts in place for an even more devastating talent in Greenwood to be handed more first-team chances.