Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds Live that he thinks Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt can play together, talking up their quality.

Whilst Leeds made headlines with signings like Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Raphinha and Rodrigo Moreno, they also placed a strong emphasis on young recruits too.

Cody Drameh, Charlie Allen and Crysencio Summerville all arrived to bolster Leeds’ development ranks, but there were two particularly exciting additions.

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Wigan attacker Joe Gelhardt made the move to Elland Road after the Latics suffered a financial meltdown, whilst Leeds also pounced to add striker Sam Greenwood from Arsenal.

Greenwood as made a fine start to life with Leeds, bagging six goals in his first seven Premier League 2 games, whilst Gelhardt has four goals and one assist in eight Premier League 2 outings.

They were both in action against Aston Villa on Sunday, with Greenwood surprisingly playing in a midfield role despite being a centre forward by trade.

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The 18-year-old impressed, leaving some to wonder whether he could be a versatile threat for Bielsa moving forward.

Bielsa has now admitted that he thinks Greenwood and Gelhardt can play together with one as a striker and one in behind, believing their versatility means either can fill each role – and fans will be excited about the prospect of them featuring in the first team in the future.

“His main position is as a centre forward. Normally he plays in conjunction with Gelhardt in the team,” said Bielsa.

“Gelhardt is a player that when he is close to the box is very dangerous and Greenwood is a player who has a lot of capacity to arrive into the free spaces. They can play either with Gelhardt in front and Greenwood behind or the other way round,” he added.

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