Wolves coach Steve Davis was thrilled to see his team defeat an “incredible” Leeds United U18 side at the weekend, speaking to the club’s official website.
A hard-fought victory for the senior Leeds XI over Watford at Elland Road on Saturday means the present suddenly looks brighter at Elland Road.
But if the present looks bright, the future is positively gleaming in West Yorkshire.
An U23 side containing the likes of Crysencio Summerville, Sam Greenwood and the ‘Wayne Rooney-esque’ Joe Gelhardt sit fifth in Premier League 2, adapting to life in the top flight like the proverbial duck to water after smashing the second tier.
Leeds U18s, meanwhile, are going pretty strong too. Or at least they were.
A 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Saturday means Scott Gardner’s side have fallen behind their opponents in the table, the hosts leapfrogging their visitors to sit fifth.
Wolves and Leeds U18 sides packed with talent
“(Leeds) have had a good start. They’ve got some good kids, talented boys,” says former Leyton Orient and Crewe Alexandra boss Davis after a hard-fought win secured by goals from Tyler Roberts (no, not that one) and former Manchester City target Josh Esen.
“We knew we’d have to work hard and match (Leeds’) work ethic because their work ethic is incredible. I knew before the game we’d have to be strong and powerful and aggressive, and I thought we showed that again in abundance.
“We were only going to beat Leeds as a team today – and we did that.
“I thought it was a great game. A good game for the spectator to watch. Anyone who was here would have really enjoyed it. End to end, lots of chances, it was a really good spectacle.”
Lui Bradbury scored Leeds’ only goal of the game at Wolves, a first of the season for the 17-year-old midfielder.
And, if Davis’ comments are anything to go by, the relentless, high-octane style of football Marcelo Bielsa has instilled at Thorpe Arch has trickled down to the U18s.
An “incredible” work ethic is the least Bielsa expects.