Mateo Joseph Fernandez is the latest player to bolster the ranks of Leeds United’s youth squad. Given his story so far there’s no reason to believe he won’t make that next step up.
Pascal Struijk signed from Ajax, Illan Meslier joined from Lorient and Joe Gelhardt arrived from Wigan Athletic. As was the case with Chelsea starlet Lewis Bate, seeing evidence of that pathway will no doubt have influenced Joseph’s decision to join Leeds amid reported interest from Barcelona and Manchester City.
Struijk, Meslier and Gelhardt had to bide their time in the Under-23s but all three had their patience rewarded, shining in the Premier League, gaining international recognition and seeing their transfer value skyrocket.
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