Madger Gomes's Leeds progress could be motivating factor for Machuca and Balboa

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Leeds United have signed plenty of young players this summer and the progress of one could directly impact the others.

When Leeds United announced the signing of midfielder Madger Gomes earlier this summer it was suggested the former Liverpool player would begin his Elland Road career with the club's under-23s. That was until pre-season started and the midfielder showed he was ready to make an immediate impact with the first-team.

Even then, the strength in depth at Leeds under new manager Thomas Christiansen means Gomes may have to make do with a bit-part role in his debut campaign. But the 20-year-old's own progress could act as a motivating factor for two more players who have recently arrived at the club.

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Leeds have signed striker Adrian Balboa and attacking midfielder Alejandro Machuca and both are expected to excel for the club's under-23 side.

The former has been breaking goal-scoring records at his age level back in Spain and the latter is talented and versatile enough to ease the woes suffered by Leeds' second string last season.

Gomes should get plenty of minutes for Leeds' under-23s when the new season kicks off, but if the mark he leaves on Christiansen this summer sees him given first-team chances on occasion, his fellow new young arrivals will see what can be achieved if they hit the ground running.

Leeds are doing everything in their power to build a squad capable of securing promotion back to the top flight, but sometimes it takes a flash of the unexpected to get a club over the line.

Gomes is clearly not letting the disappointment of leaving Liverpool affect his performances, but could those showings also prompt outstanding responses from two more of Leeds' exciting new faces?  Only time will tell...

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