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Jesse Marsch ‘even more’ excited after Darko Gyabi debut, claiming Leeds in ‘perfect’ position

Darko Gyabi, Wales Under-18s v England Under-18s September 2021

Jesse Marsch says new Leeds United signing Darko Gyabi is a reflection of the “perfect spot” the club are in, with talent across a range of age groups.

The Whites have bolstered significantly already this summer, but more signings are in the pipeline. Four midfielders have arrived, while a new right-back and new winger are also in place.

Marsch has not only added to his team in his vision, but also with the intention of replacing Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

The youngest Leeds addition so far this summer is 18-year-old Gyabi. The midfielder arrived from Manchester City’s academy in a separate deal to Phillips’ move to the Etihad Stadium.

Gyabi made his Whites debut in Thursday’s 2-1 friendly win over Brisbane Roar. The England Under-18s star played 45 minutes, coming on at half time for fellow new signing Marc Roca.

Marsch has subsequently admitted that watching Gyabi live has made him more excited for his first-team integration.

“We were excited from the start about the possibility of adding him to the group and now watching him live and seeing his mentality to improve, even more so,” Marsch told Leeds Live.

“I would say with him, with Archie Gray, with Cree [Crysencio] Summerville, with Sam Greenwood and with Joffy [Joe] Gelhardt, we have a core of really young talented players that we think can be a big part of the future.”

Marsch added that the different age groups in the squad are a strong sign that Leeds are on the right path for the future.

Marsch hails exciting Leeds future

“In general, if you look we have this group of leaders that are somewhere around 30 years of age, and then we have this group that’s like 20 to 25 and then we have this really young group,” the American said.

“So when you think about the progression of what the team and the club can become in the next in the upcoming years, as a manager and the kind of football I like to play and the kinds of people I like to invest in, I feel like I’m in the perfect spot and really excited for what the future will hold.”

There are the elder statesmen at Leeds such as Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling and Mateusz Klich. The trio have journeyed with the Whites from the Championship into the Premier League.

Behind them, the likes of 25-year-old Jack Harrison and Daniel James, 24, have a wealth of experience but are looking to kick on next term.

And then there are the youngsters, with Gyabi looking to make his mark.

Darko Gyabi can prove Whites reputation

Leeds have maintained an exciting reputation in recent seasons for signing and developing young talent.

Under former manager Marcelo Bielsa, the likes of Gelhardt, Greenwood, Summerville all progressed.

Ian Poveda, Cody Drameh and Leo Fuhr Hjelde are further exiting youngsters on the Leeds books.

How will Leeds fare in the Premier League next season without Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips?

How will Leeds fare in the Premier League next season without Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips?

How will Leeds cope without Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips in the upcoming campaign?

Gyabi will therefore be looking to announce himself at Elland Road, like a lot of the aforementioned players has.

Leeds have a stellar record for giving young players a chance. And while Marsch has made more senior signings such as Roca and Brenden Aaronson, Gyabi’s arrival shows the Whites remain fully focused on the future of the club.