Leeds United arguably possess one of the crucial thrilling crops of youth prospects within the Premier League at current, with the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Crysencio Summerville already being a daily a part of Jesse Marsch’s first-team squad, whereas children comparable to Sonny Perkins, Darko Gyabi and Archie Grey are all lighting it up for the Whites’ youth sides.
Nonetheless, whereas it’s Perkins who has largely stolen the limelight for Michael Skubala’s U21 outfit thus far this season – with the 18-year-old having scored seven objectives in six Premier League 2 fixtures already in 2022/23 – it was one other of the Leeds starlets who stole the present in Friday’s 4-0 victory over Stoke Metropolis – Mateo Joseph.
Certainly, regardless of failing to hit the again of the online over his final three Premier League 2 outings, the 18-year-old very a lot had his taking pictures boots on in opposition to the Potters, bagging three objectives to assist the Whites preserve their exceptional begin to the 2022/23 marketing campaign – profitable 5 and drawing one among their opening six fixtures.
The Spaniard’s second of the night time was significantly spectacular, with Joseph’s stress on Tommy Simkin forcing an error from the goalkeeper earlier than the striker picked up Perkins’ rebounded effort and smashed house from an impressively tight angle.
Underrated facet of Mateo Joseph’s centre-forward play is his urgent; doesn’t give opponents a second’s peace, which creates conditions like this. Assured strike that as nicely. #lufc pic.twitter.com/9yGHf9IURS
— Joe Donnohue (@JoeDonnohue) September 30, 2022
And, following the fixture, Skubala singled out the teenager for reward, stating (by way of the Yorkshire Night Publish): “Mateo was unbelievable tonight. He’s, in case you like, come out and in slightly bit, however he’s been coaching like a warrior, you possibly can see that in his recreation.
“Mateo could be very humble, very quiet in a manner however he’s working actually, actually onerous. He’s received that power and need and also you noticed that in his objectives and his ending and you recognize, he’s a menace for any defence.”
Certainly, whereas Perkins has been considerably hailed because the star of the Leeds U21 facet this season, the numbers don’t lie, and Joseph’s current three-goal haul now means he’s outscoring the England U19 worldwide – with eight to his identify this time period.
As such, whereas the previous West Ham United sensation is undoubtedly an exceptionally gifted younger participant, Jesse Marsch could be sensible to not ignore Joseph in his first crew planning, because the Spaniard very a lot seems to be to be an actual diamond within the tough.