This year, Leeds’ newly-christened Under-21 side return to the division in which they were crowned champions two seasons ago.
Last year’s relegation from Premier League 2 Division 1 was a bitter pill to swallow given the several simultaneous injuries suffered at first-team level and the impact that subsequently had on Under-23 – as it was previously known – team selection.
This season, the young Whites have a new head coach in Michael Skubala at the helm, buoyed by the additions of Darko Gyabi and Sonny Perkins signed from Manchester City and West Ham United respectively.
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Tonight’s season opener sees Leeds take on Derby County at Pride Park, a team who were also relegated from the top tier last term.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7pm. Text and multimedia updates throughout the evening will drop here as due to Premier League broadcast restrictions, the Under-21s will not be televised or streamed on LUTV this evening.
Derby County U21 2-5 Leeds United U21 highlights: Mateo Joseph scores four times in season opener
Last updated: Friday, 05 August, 2022, 20:53
ON: McGurk, Allen
OFF: Gray, Gyabi
GOOOALLLL SONNY PERKINS 4-2
Debut goal for the new boy. Gray clips a cross in, Evans drops it and Perkins spins to fire in from close range.
59’ Going for his hat-trick, Aghatise blazes one over from range. Derby buoyed by their two goals, as you’d expect.
58’ Moving through the gears, Perkins tries to buy a yard to get a shot off. His effort is deflected wide of the mark but nice, flowing movement in build-up.
GOAL 2-3 Derby
Aghatise again for the hosts. He bends a low free-kick past Ombang in the Leeds goal from the edge of the penalty area.
GOAL 1-3 Derby get one back
Jenkins and Debayo both slide in on Ibrahim but miss the ball altogether. He drives into the box and plays a simple pass across for Aghatise to sweep home.
One shot, two shots, three shots.
51’ Sustained pressure from Leeds. Perkins' effort is blocked while Gyabi sees one fly over after his initial attempt was charged down.
49’ Jack Jenkins and George Nunn involved in a bit of an altercation. Jenkins kicks out but only gets a talking to from the ref.
46’ Second half underway. No changes.
HT: Derby County 0-3 Leeds United
Leeds controlling this one. Derby finding it difficult with the high press, but when they do break forward there's plenty of space down the sides. Three goals in 28 minutes for No. 9 Mateo Joseph.