A number of Leeds United youth players are vying for playing time in the senior squad by impressing Daniel Farke at Elland Road.
However, attacker Mateo Joseph is already on the field; regrettably, though, his injury has prevented him from making an impression on the manager this season.
That all changed, though, on Tuesday, October 24, when the 20-year-old made his first appearance in a competitive game of the season for Leeds Under-21s against Hertha BSC.
Mateo scored his team’s last goal to send a message to the senior manager as the Whites defeated the senior squad 3-1 in the Premier League International Cup.
More significantly, though, Joseph played the whole ninety minutes, building on his recent appearances for the England Under-20s over the international break.
First team boss Farke will be pleased with the young player’s performance against Hertha, since he has high expectations for him this season.
In addition to being on the bench twice during the current Championship campaign, Michael Skubala, the manager of Leeds Under-21, has confirmed that Farke has given the young attacker a special request.
After the victory over Hertha, Skubala told Leeds Live, “It’s really pleasing.” This was on October 25. “Mateo has been waiting and training incredibly well. He is a good pro, very patient, and mature.
“Daniel requested ninety minutes, and I felt he did a great job finishing it and looking great tonight. It was good to see Mateo, but I give him credit for his patience.
Sadly for Joseph, the Whites are not having much trouble on offense, with players like Georginio Rutter and Joel Piroe playing excellently.
However, Farke will be very happy to have Joseph back, as a strong team is required to win the Championship this year.
In other Leeds United news, a Whites loanee has exercised an odd clause that isn’t allowed in one country, meaning a permanent exit is now likely.