Leeds United recently completed the signing of Josh Galloway from League Two side, Carlisle United.
Galloway featured for Carlisle’s first-team during pre-season, although it came as a surprise to not seeing him feature for their first-team during this year’s league campaign.
Leeds will be hoping that the youngster can play his part for the Whites’ youth teams, and if he can do that, then he could be in line to force his way into the first-team picture sooner rather than later.
We’ve already seen the likes of Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke break through to the senior side under Marcelo Bielsa’s guidance, and Galloway will be keen to follow in their footsteps in the near future.
Bielsa’s men will be challenging for a long-awaited return to the Premier League this term, and have got off to a strong start, as they currently sit top of the Championship table heading into the weekend fixtures.
We look at TWO pros and TWO cons to Leeds’ latest signing.
Pro: He’ll be playing with players with similar potential
The Leeds youth teams have been hugely impressive since Bielsa’s style of play was implemented, and it will have been a no-brainer for Galloway to sign up at Elland Road.
The under 23’s side won the league title last season, and will fancy their chances of doing the same this season with Carlos Corberan in charge.
Galloway will be playing with better players, who are of similar potential to him.
Pro: He could be worth a considerable amount in the future
It isn’t clear as to how much Leeds have paid to land Galloway’s signature this season, but if he can kick on and fulfil his potential, then it could prove to be a bargain in the future.
There’s always an element of risk when a club signs a young player, but if he proves to be a success, then Leeds could be making a lot more than they originally paid for him if they were to sell him.
Con: He needs to be playing senior football
Galloway made appearances for the Carlisle during pre-season, and it came as a surprise to not see him starting for the senior side during this year’s league campaign in League Two.
He’s a player with a bright future ahead of him, and sometimes you have to take a gamble and put younger players into the senior game earlier than others.
It’s a risky move, but Galloway strikes me as the sort of player that is capable of making the step into senior football.
Con: He’ll be further down the pecking order in terms of first-team football
At Carlisle, Galloway will have been on the verge of breaking into the first-team, but that certainly won’t be the case at his new club.
Leeds have a number of young players who are likely to be ahead of Galloway in the pecking order, which will mean that he’ll have to remain patient for now.
There is a clear pathway through to the first-team for Leeds youngsters, especially whilst Marcelo Bielsa is in charge, and Galloway will have to work hard to force his way into Bielsa’s plans in the future.