Jesse Marsh has a group of players aged 21 or younger ready to break for Leeds United’s first team in the 2022/23 Premier League season, including Crysencio Summerville.
Leeds United players aged 21 or younger set to make progress in 2022/23
Crysencio Summerville tops the list of young players set to advance to Leeds United’s first team under Jesse Marsh this season. The white team is blessed with a host of promising talents at Elland Road, who will be starting their new career just 22 years old.
Leeds has proven through a number of seasons that emerging prospects will be given a chance to showcase their potential. But the fight to avoid relegation last season secured Marcelo Bielsa and later Marsh often unable to support the youngsters.
The West Yorkshire natives have not ranked in the top 50 for the youngest average age in any Premier League starting lineups. Only Joe Gilhardt (732), Pascal Struic (2049) and Ilan Meslier (3385) have also played more than 250 minutes among those who debuted at age 21 or younger.
Leo Hilde was the youngest player to feature in a Premier League match for Leeds in 2021/22. The period began when the left-back was still 17 years old, and he participated in 16 teams. But the Norway U-21 defender only played in two matches for 148 minutes.
Marsh will now keep Hjelde in his ranks at Elland Road this season in terms of depth at full-back and give him opportunities to impress during pre-season. But the Nottingham-born talent, who joined the Whites from Celtic last August, is still a long way off the beaten path for the Americans.
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Summerville is the main gem set to make headway as a top player at Leeds this season. The 20-year-old made his first-team debut last season, but only scored 232 minutes in nine games in all competitions. He made six for 125 minutes in the league.
In addition, Marsh Summerville only served once for just seven minutes after replacing Bielsa in February. The American introduced the Dutch Dynamo in the late stages of the Whites’ 3-0 win over Watford in April after five games as an unused substitute.
Summerville will not appear again after the Vicarage Road match due to an ankle injury sustained in training. But Leeds have since staked their potential by offering the Dutch Under-21 international a new four-year contract with the No10 shirt vacated by Ravenha.
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Cody Drama is hoping this season will see huge progress as a top Leeds player after a very successful loan spell with Cardiff City. The right-back joined the Championship squad in the January market, against Bielsa’s wishes, and proved to be a huge success in South Wales.
Cardiff chose Dramatically as Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, despite the 20-year-old joining the middle of the season. He also enjoyed 22 second-division games for the club, where Dramy provided three assists and started each of his matches under Steve Morrison.
There is no doubt that Marsh has been appreciative of what Drama has done outside of Leeds with the Whites suffering several injuries. London-born Dynamo played just five first-team games under Bielsa, totaling 237 minutes, and started just one of their three league games.
Archie Gray is only 16 but on the margins of a really big breakout
Archie Gray is only 16 years old, but the midfielder is already on the sidelines of first-team achievement at Leeds. He enjoyed watching six Premier League games off the bench last season, after entering the match-day side during Bielsa’s coaching spell and March.
The teenage Marsh came off the bench in each of Elland Road’s last four games in the 2021/22 League. Gray won’t get any minutes on the field, but he did make an appearance in the Whites’ pre-season lineup. But his involvement against Aston Villa ended prematurely.
A relentless challenge from John McGinn left Gray injuring and in need of ankle treatment at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Fortunately, while the problem prompted the white player off the field, Gray – who was impacted against the Brisbane Roar – only sprained his ankle.
Sam Greenwood hopes to emulate Joe Gilhardt with this term
Sam Greenwood hopes to follow in Gilhardt’s footsteps to rise from the youth ranks at Leeds and make a regular breakout as a first-team player. Gilhardt played in 20 Premier League games and two Carabao Cup matches last season after playing the big arc in September.
Gillhard had already enjoyed minutes with Wigan Athletic before the forward joined Leeds in 2020. As for the former Sunderland and Arsenal player, the former Sunderland and Arsenal player made his first major debut in January 2021 with Leeds, following his move to West Yorkshire in August 2020.
But the 20-year-old striker has so far racked up just 329 minutes of first-team matches in 10 matches across all competitions. Greenwood also played just 232 minutes from seven Premier League games last season, with 220 minutes recorded from six games under Marsh’s two assists.
Christopher Clayson will want to be more than a replacement for Ilan Meslier
Christopher Clayson hopes to record his achievements at Leeds and be more than just Elan Meslier’s teammate at Elland Road. The Norway Under-21 goalkeeper joined the Whites from Valerenga last August for £1m, but only scored one appearance for 35 minutes.
Marsh had to give Clayson his United debut in March after Messiler sustained a thigh injury at Wolves. But for this issue, Meslier would have played every minute on display in the Premier League last season. Meanwhile, Claeson watched 37 matches from the bench.
Meslier also kept Clayson in training during Leeds’ Carabao Cup and FA Cup ties last season. But Marsh must give Clayson his start as a Leeds first-team player this term, with the Yorkshire Evening Post moving him into second place despite interest in Joel Robles.
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