During the re-launch of LUTV earlier this season, Leeds United not only said that they would be streaming matches overseas on a PPV basis, but also they would be showing select Leeds United Ladies and U23s matches this season for free. Leeds announced today that they would be showing Friday’s U23 match against Crystal Palace for free.
LUTV has already shown one of the U23 matches for free this season, the match against Colchester United from earlier this month.
With the new players in the U23s and the increase emphasis on the youth academy, you can get a glimpse of the future of the club. Madger Gomes has already made the leap on a couple of different occasions, with him shining brightly in the League Cup match against Newport County before Kemar Roofe took over. Paudie O’Connor was a pleasant surprise during preseason training camp.
Leeds have also signed a number of players from abroad, and while none of them are household names by any means right now, some of the clubs that Leeds was able to snatch them from were. Kun Temenuzhkov and Oriol Rey signed from Barcelona, and another prospect, Ousama Siddiki, signed from Real Madrid. A number of other Spanish players and Spanish-based players also came aboard, such as Alejandro Machuca from Rayo Vallecano, Hugo Diaz from CD Huesca, and Adrian Balboa who signed from amateur side Unif. Bellvitge. At least one Leeds player will be familiar with the opponents on Friday, as Bryce Hosannah played for Crystal Palace before making the switch to Leeds this past summer.
The last match against Colchester United was played at Elland Road in front of a pretty empty ground, but it’s still nice to see the future of the club on display. The camera work wasn’t great, but hey, for fans that can’t make it down to the ground or for overseas fans, it’s still a nice opportunity.