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…
Ah well, at least we can focus on the league. Good second half after some soft goals. I like the look of Bogusz. #lufc
— Chris Neal (@cgsneal) August 27, 2019
— Jordan Townend (@PLATINUMnotGREY) August 27, 2019
Mcalmont isn't ready, Clarke looked disinterested, but Bogusz looked every bit a senior player. He's just a kid but he's built and plays like he's been around a while. #lufc
— Tasker (@Mr_Tasker) August 27, 2019
Bogusz is a big talent. Davies impresses me more & more. So important these young lads get exposure.
— Benny (@BennyTaylsLUFC) August 28, 2019
I tell you what, Costa, Eddie , Bogusz, and Shack, are going to terrify teams. Once they are in the first team, they will course defenders nightmares. #lufc
— Ben (@ben080385) August 27, 2019
Enjoyed that. Didn’t deserve to go out. Very promising from Bogusz, Eddie and Costa, Forshaw started season brilliantly – but Bielsa says he wants cup runs to give the reserves a chance to play. I think tonight showed how thin on the ground we really are….#lufc
— SanMiguelMalaga (@SanMiguelMalaga) August 27, 2019
Leif Davis and Bogusz played really well tonight. #lufc
— BWF (@BenWFinch91) August 27, 2019
With regards to U23's playing in 1st team last night , would add that I though Bogusz & Davis played much better in 2nd half with more experienced players around them. #lufc
— Watt The (@WattThe2) August 28, 2019
Of the youngsters in the team tonight, Bogusz and Davis look like they could go straight Into the first team and hold their own. Mc Calmont didn’t look ready and Clarke looks miles off being ready for anyone’s first team #lufc
— Kirsty Stanley (@stanners_1982) August 27, 2019
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Eddie the real deal
Could easily have been 5-2
Bogusz mixed it well vs. combative mf
Not Shack’s night
Starting no CH against old pro like Vokes daft
After Bielsaball got us back in it, started spraying long balls about giving up possession #LUFC
— Andy P (@ArcticReviews) August 27, 2019