New Leeds United signing Josh Galloway turned down interest from the Premier League to seal his switch to Marcelo Bielsa’s side, according to Football Insider.
The attacking midfielder signed scholarship terms at Elland Road on Thursday to seal his switch from League Two side Carlisle United before he could make a single appearance for their first team.
It has now been reported that the player chose to sign for Leeds despite receiving an offer from a Premier League club, as well as a number of other Championship sides.
Leeds are thought to have won the battle for Galloway’s signature following a sales pitch outlining their belief in the player’s ability and potential to become a first-team player.
This convinced Galloway to make the move to Yorkshire and end his association with Carlisle, where he was 13 months into his two-year scholarship contract.
Galloway has become the second Carlisle academy product to join the Whites this summer after forward Liam McCarron joined the club in early July.
This revelation makes Galloway’s signing a particularly impressive coup for Leeds, as it proves the club has become an attractive destination in recent years.
I do think Bielsa’s work at Leeds would have played a major part in Galloway’s decision, as the Whites are now playing an attractive brand of football while dipping into the academy where possible.
Bielsa has displayed his commitment to youth during his time as Leeds boss by handing opportunities to the likes of Jamie Shackleton, Leif Davis and Jack Clarke. This would have surely played a part in convincing Galloway to make the move.
The midfielder did not feature for Carlisle’s senior side, but the fact there was wide interest in his services indicates that he is a talented 17-year-old who is now a big prospect for Leeds.