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Leeds: Fans see Bogusz debut as rare positive from Carabao Cup defeat

Leeds: Fans see Bogusz debut as rare positive from Carabao Cup defeat

Leeds United were eliminated from the Carabao Cup at home to Stoke City on Wednesday night following a spirited effort to overturn a 2-0 deficit to take the tie to penalties. But, despite the defeat, the work of Mateusz Bogusz was seen as a rare positive aspect in the eyes of some fans.

The Poland Under 20 international joined the Whites from boyhood side Ruch Chorzow in the winter, and impressed many including Marcelo Bielsa with his efforts in the Under 23s last season, to warrant a call-up to the first-team who travelled to Australia for the club’s pre-season tour.

Bielsa awarded the promising 18-year-old a seat on the bench for the opening four games of the campaign, too, but never called on the central midfielder to make his senior debut in the Championship (TransferMarkt).

The EFL Cup encounter with Stoke on Tuesday night brought about a raft of changes, though, and Bielsa opted to hand Bogusz his senior debut sitting in alongside Jamie Shackleton and fellow U23s star Alfie McCalmont in the centre of midfield.

It did not turn out to be a night to remember for McCalmont, however, as he struggled to contain Tom Ince and picked up an early yellow card.

Bogusz also appeared to struggle with the pace of competitive first-team football in the first-half as Stoke opened up a two-goal lead heading into the break, but performed admirably in the second 45-minutes to warrant the applaud of some of the Elland Road faithful.

The youngster showed some nice touches, was always on the move, and fashioned a testing long-range shot to force Jack Butland into a good save in the closing stages, although some of his efforts cut short promising attacks (analysis via Leeds Live).

These fans, though, are confident that Bogusz will have a future at their club, and could be a part of a first-team that can ‘terrify’ opponents…

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