The vast majority have pulled their weight this season, haven’t they? Given Marcelo Bielsa’s rather small squad to work with and the injuries that have sidelined numerous members of the side across the season, a lot of players have had to step up to the plate, but not all of them have been able to do so and impact the side.
It is a tough job to finally make your long-awaited first-team debut at Leeds United and really catch the eye as well as impressing enough in a short cameo to warrant more belief to be shown from your manager, but that is the case of Izzy Brown in West Yorkshire.
The 22-year-old was brought in on loan from Chelsea this summer and he came with a knee injury suffered in January of last year. He then suffered another injury setback when seemingly nearing his return to first-team football and then it took until February for him make an appearance on the Whites’ bench.
Brown did remain on the bench for a further two games and then was deemed ready to return to action for the latter stages of Leeds’ 1-0 defeat away to Queens Park Rangers. When he came on, he struggled to impact the game from the right-wing and posed the question to many of the Leeds faithful as to why they signed him.
He then was an unused substitute in the following three games and missed out on the matchday squad against Sheffield United on the weekend, so it is clear that he has not done enough to impress Bielsa in training or in his appearances for the U23s, despite getting his name on the scoresheet a couple of times.
Brown’s lack of luck with injuries is likely to have contributed to his performance levels and it will take time for him to get back to his best, however, it does not look like Victor Orta will be extending his deal beyond the end of the season with him not offering enough to Bielsa’s side.
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