This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Despite an excellent start to the season, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is still looking to strengthen his squad for the future after 17-year-old Carlisle United midfielder Josh Galloway moved Elland Road, as confirmed on the Whites’ club website.
Galloway joined the Whites on scholarship terms for an undisclosed fee after rejecting a deal at the Cumbrians without making a first-team appearance – he follows his ex-teammate Liam McCarron in moving to Elland Road.
So have Leeds made a good signing in bringing Galloway to Elland Road?
“This could be a good signing for Leeds. Galloway is a promising young player and definitely one to watch for the future.
“A number of clubs were interested in the midfielder, so that shows that he’s got something about him.
“Leeds have got a very good academy and have produced some very talented players over the past few years.
“Marcelo Bielsa has shown throughout his time at Leeds that he’s prepared to give young players a chance in the first team, so this could be a good move for Galloway too.
“He could have a bright future ahead of him and if he gets his head down and works hard, there’s a decent chance that we could see him playing for the first team at Elland Road in a few years time.”
“This is a great move for both parties in my opinion.
“Galloway joins a Leeds side that have an excellent track record of providing youth players with a clear pathway to the first-team.
“If he can following in the footsteps of the likes of Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke, then this will make this a fantastic signing for the Whites.
“Only time will tell as to whether he’ll fulfil his exciting potential, but if he can build on the promising signs he has shown at Carlisle, then he’s got a bright future ahead of him at Elland Road.”
“This is an interesting one.
“I can certainly understand the thinking that Leeds have with regards to this signing, given the history they have recently when it comes to bringing through young players.
“Having also signed another youngster, Liam McCarron, from Carlisle earlier in the summer transfer window, it does seem to suggest that the Cumbrians are a club that Leeds particularly like the look of when it comes to discovering young talents.
“That being said, with Carlisle boss Stephen Pressley seemingly not all together that happy by the latest departure from his club, I can’t see this being something that leads to a more long term relationship between the two sides when it comes to player development.”