According to The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath, Leeds United have rejected an approach from Swansea City for Sam Greenwood.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side completed the signing of the 19-year-old back in the summer from fellow Premier League side Arsenal for a fee of around £1.5m, and the teenager has spent the majority of this current campaign with the club’s U23s.
Now, McGrath has claimed that the Whites have knocked back an approach from Championship side Swansea, adding that Bielsa wants to keep him at Elland Road for the remainder of this season.
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) February 1, 2021
With just 32 minutes of first-team football under his belt this season at Elland Road, Greenwood hasn’t had much time to impress Bielsa.
At U23s level, he has been in prolific form however, bagging six goals in just nine games in the Premier League 2, including netting a hat-trick against Sunderland.
What is clear however, is that Bielsa appears unlikely to hand him too much more game-time in the remainder of this season. Given that his only senior action came in the FA Cup – which of course Leeds were knocked out of by Crawley Town – there’s no other cup competitions for Greenwood to be thrown into.
Bielsa has a definitive number nine in Patrick Bamford, whilst Tyler Roberts has been the man he’s called upon either off the bench or to replace Bamford in the starting line-up. Greenwood hasn’t even been named in a match-day squad, and that is unlikely to change as we head into the business end of the season in the Premier League.
Allowing him to move to Swansea, where he could have gotten regular first-team football and played week-in and week-out, could have done so much more for his development then spending another full campaign with the reserves.
Young players need to be playing regularly and at senior level, and Greenwood could have got that chance at Swansea. It’s exactly why Bielsa may have made a mistake with his decision to keep him for the second-half of this campaign.