Team-mate Andy Robinson has no qualms about the youngster's pedigree and the maturity which saw him captain Leeds' reserves at 17. Robinson said: "Fabian is rangy like the young Stevie Gerrard and has a similar passing range, short and long.
"He also snaps you in the tackle like Gerrard. He's been whacking senior pros in training and the gaffer had to say 'slow down' but it's a sign of confidence in such a young player.
"Right now, he's the first name on the teamsheet. He's going all the way to the Premier League and hopefully he'll take Leeds there, too. We can keep him because of the size of the club and his age."