Former Arsenal youngster Sam Greenwood came on for his Leeds United debut in the FA Cup on Sunday, following his summer transfer.

10th January 2021 Broadfield Stadium, Crawley, Sussex, England English FA Cup Football, Crawley Town versus Leeds United Sam Greenwood of Leeds united working hard to keep Crawley off the ball. Copyright: Chris Roll
10th January 2021, Broadfield Stadium. Crawley Town versus Leeds United, Sam Greenwood of Leeds United working hard to keep Crawley off the ball. Copyright: Chris Roll

For the most part, Sunday was not a day to remember for Leeds United fans. They lost 3-0 to lower-league club Crawley Town in the FA Cup, failing to even out-shoot their opponents despite having 71% of the possession.

Yet there was one positive moment to look back on, with young Sam Greenwood making his debut from the bench. He spent 32 minutes on the pitch, but Crawley were already 2-0 up and he didn’t have much chance of turning things around.

The 18-year-old striker has six goals in nine games for their academy sides since moving from Arsenal in the summer, earning a senior opportunity.

Greenwood initially made an excellent start with Leeds’ u23s, scoring five in his first four games. He even won PL2 Player of the Month. However, he then picked up an injury forcing him into surgery and a month out.

Since his return, he hasn’t quite recaptured the same form, only netting a penalty in his next five. But part of that is due to the slightly deeper role he’s currently playing with the u23s, and their form as a team is still very good.

Arsenal rated Greenwood highly, but he left after just two years, with reports that he was growing homesick from moving down south.

The 18-year-old made 46 appearances for the Gunners across the FA Youth Cup, the u18 Premier League, the EFL Trophy, and the Premier League 2. He scored 16 goals and assisted a further six.