Sam Greenwood lifts lid on free-kick speciality after yet another stunner for Leeds United

Sam Greenwood says practice makes perfect after yet another stunning free-kick for Leeds United's Under-23s.

Saturday, 17th April 2021, 11:50 am
Updated Saturday, 17th April 2021, 11:52 am

The Whites earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Friday night - a result which saw Leeds crowned champions of the Premier League 2 Division Two division.

Greenwood opened the scoring at Bodymoor Heath training complex with a brilliant whipped free-kick after just four minutes of play.

The former Arsenal forward - who joined the West Yorkshire ranks last summer from the Gunners - has quickly made a name for himself as a set-piece specialist at Thorp Arch.

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He has notched nine times in 16 league outings this season, having moved between midfield and attack under head coach Mark Jackson's watch.

The 19-year-old, though, has said that his ability at a dead ball is nothing more than the result of hours and hours of practice behind closed doors.

"I've done it since such a young age," Greenwood said of his free-kick highlight reel this season.

"It's hours of practice. Just constantly taking them. After school I used to get a bag of balls and practice but I'm over the moon with that one [against Aston Villa] - I'll keep on practising."

Leeds United striker Sam Greenwood in action in the EFL Trophy earlier this season. Pic: Getty

With victory over Villa, Leeds earned promotion to the top flight of England's academy structure.

United have blown away the competition in their debut campaign as a category one ranked outfit - a title then earned last July - winning 17 out of their 22 matches so far.

"I'm delighted and so happy for the boys," Greenwood added.

"We need to keep pushing now and win our next few games. Although we've won the league I think we can still push to win the last few as well and get as many points as we can.

"We've worked hard all season - every day. I'm just so proud of the lads. We just need to keep pushing and obviously we're in the league above next year.

"It'll be another test and I think we can do well. You have tough days during the season but it comes to times like this where it's the best feeling in the world - you can't beat it.

"As a team we have a great togetherness. We just need to keep pushing."