Leeds United’s Sam Greenwood is set to join fellow Championship side Middlesbrough on a season-long loan, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.
Greenwood thrived when deployed as a forward at Under-21s level for the Whites following his arrival from Arsenal in the summer of 2020, netting 22 times in 43 appearances.
Yet he has struggled since making the step-up to senior level at Leeds, a fact no doubt impacted by him being consistently used outside of his natural position when appearing for the first-team, with several Whites managers opting to play the 21-year-old in attacking midfield instead.
And with Leeds understood to be focussed on acquiring the services of several midfield targets before the transfer window slams shut in just two days, it is likely that Greenwood would find himself pushed further down the pecking order at Elland Road as a result.
Sam Greenwood off to Middlesbrough on season-long loan. Leeds United listening to offers for other fringe youngsters, including Hjelde, Drameh and Gyabi.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 30, 2023
In the same report, Hay also claims that the Whites hierarchy are currently in the process of “listening to offers” for other youngsters on the fringe of Leeds’ first-team setup, including defenders Leo Hjelde and Cody Drameh, as well as defensive midfielder Darko Gyabi.
The departure of full-back Drameh, especially, seems likely given the arrival of new right-back signing Djed Spence, who joined the Whites this morning from Premier League side Tottenham for on a season-long loan deal.
And with summer signing Ethan Ampadu and 17-year-old Archie Gray both impressing so far in the deep-lying midfield berth this season, it appears unlikely that Gyabi will be granted much opportunity to play under manager Daniel Farke.
Whatever happens, it appears as if the Elland Road faithful can expect a busy couple of days of both outgoings and incomings before the window closes at 11pm this Friday.