Leeds United centre-forward Mateo Joseph is set to be handed a new deal at Elland Road.
That’s according to a report by The Sun, who claim that, following the 19-year-old’s incredibly impressive returns for the Whites’ U21 side so far this season, coupled with the Spaniard making his Premier League debut shortly before the World Cup break, Victor Orta is now set to hand the youngster a ‘pay rise and a longer deal’ at Elland Road in recognition of his rapid development.
The report goes on to state that the Spanish director of football is set to offer the versatile forward a further year on the three-and-a-half-year contract he initially signed when joining from Espanyol back in January, while the youngster’s wages will also increase to a figure in the region of £1m-per-year – roughly £19.2k-per-week.
Considering just how impressive Joseph has been so far in 2022/23, the news that Orta is set to hand the £1.9k-per-week attacker a 10x pay rise at Elland Road, as well as a further year on top of his current contract, will come as no surprise to eagle-eyed supporters of the Whites.
Indeed, after bagging an astonishing 44 goals over 56 appearances during his time in the Espanyol academy, the £900k signing enjoyed a fine debut campaign at Leeds in the second half of the 2021/22 campaign, scoring one goal and providing one assist over four U18 Premier League fixtures, as well as scoring one goal over seven Premier League 2 outings last time out.
However, it has undoubtedly been in the current campaign that Joseph has well and truly exploded in LS11, with the 19-year-old having already hit the back of the net on 11 separate occasions and registered one assist over his eight Premier League 2 fixtures, in addition to scoring one goal over three outings in the Papa John’s Trophy.
Rather understandably, these returns caught the eye of Jesse Marsch, with the 48-year-old manager handing the youngster his first-team debut in the 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers towards the start of November, before awarding the striker his Premier League debut just three days later – playing four minutes of Leeds’ 4-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
As such, considering the sheer amount of potential for future development the player Matty Hewitt dubbed “really bright” and Tom Maston claimed has been “on fire” quite clearly possesses, it is easy to see why Leeds are keen to tie the teenager down to a new deal at Elland Road, as Joseph could well go on to become a key player for the Whites over the coming years.