Sam Greenwood has completed his move to Leeds United. Arsenal will reportedly receive an initial fee of £1.5 million which could rise to £3 million based on bonuses.
The player posted a message on Instagram bidding farewell to Arsenal. He said:
“I want to say a big thank [you to] Arsenal and the supporters for the last 2 years of my career. Been an honour to play for the club while meeting some special people and making even better memories.”
The 18 year old joined the Gunners from Sunderland’s academy in the summer of 2018. He was hugely impressive during his time in North London. He scored 21 goals and provided 12 assists in 54 appearances for the Under 18s. He is a striker but is also capable of playing out wide and in the number 10 position. He has made three appearances for England at the Under 18 level and has scored one goal.
The former Sunderland academy player seemed to be making the transition to Arsenal’s Under 23 side last season. He scored one goal in five games for Steve Bould’s team and looked all set to become a regular fixture for the Under 23s.
Leeds are focussing a part of their transfer strategy on attracting players who are playing at an Under 23 level but are capable of breaking into the first team. It is likely that the newly promoted Premier League team offered Greenwood a pathway to the first team that was superior to the plan on offer at Arsenal.