Jesse Marsch made a number of changes to his side on Wednesday as Leeds United took on Wolves in the Carabao Cup, handing out four first-team – and Leeds talent Mateo Joseph, has earned praise from Willy Gnonto and Rodrigo.
Joseph, 19, started up top for Leeds after scoring 12 goals in 11 games for the Under-21 side this season. He was good, and did have a big chance to score when played through by Darko Gyabi. But he tried to cut inside, losing the ball.
Alongside Joseph, Marsch handed Joel Robles, Sonny Perkins and Gyabi a debut at Molineux. But eventually, it was Wolves that ran out 1-0 winners – substitute Boubacar Traore scoring late on for Steve Davis’ side. Leeds were unlucky.
But there were positives and Joseph was one of them. He took to Instagram, underlining his delight at being given a run out by Marsch and making his debut – but frustrated that it resulted in a defeat, and being knocked out of the Cup.
Leeds talent Joseph earns praise from Gnonto and Rodrigo
It was highly-encouraging. More proof that the Leeds conveyor belt is continuing to produce plenty of talent, even if they are initially brought in from other clubs. Examples include Sam Greenwood, Crysencio Summerville and more.
Bought from Espanyol, Joseph got off to a tricky start last season – only scoring once after his move in January. But it is a different story following the arrival of Marsch, with his tally for the 21’s already stretching to 12 goals this season.
Joseph has also been in senior training under Marsch, as he looks to break into the first team on a more regular basis. Plenty gave their reaction to Joseph on his post, such as Gnonto – who came on as a sub – and first-choice ace Rodrigo.