Leeds United have produced their fair share of brilliant academy products over the years, haven’t they?
The likes of James Milner, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose all came through the ranks at Elland Road before going onto be regulars in the Premier League.
With the Whites ushering a new generation of talent this season, Jack Clarke, Jamie Shackleton and Bailey Peacock-Farrell have all experienced first-team football under Marcelo Bielsa.
Looking to follow in the footsteps of this trio in the not too distant future is the former Barcelona youngster Kun Temenuzkhov.
A regular for the club’s under-23 side this season, the Bulgarian forward caught the attention of the Leeds faithful by firing in a stunning strike against Coventry City in the Professional Development League-National Cup semi-final last month.
Although Temenuzkhov has only made one appearance for the senior side during the 2018/19 campaign, it may be worth Bielsa taking the risk to include him in the match-day squad for Saturday’s showdown with Derby County.
When you consider that Leeds will be without Patrick Bamford for the play-off semi-final first leg due to suspension, they will need someone to fill his void at Pride Park.
Whereas, Tyler Roberts is expected to play in a deeper role at the weekend if he is passed fit for the clash, Kemar Roofe is expected to lead the line for the Whites despite his worrying lack of form in-front of goal.
Although it would be naïve to suggest that the club’s top-scorer should be dropped for Temenuzkhov, by using the forward as an impact substitute against Derby, Bielsa could be unleashing a secret weapon that their rivals will know very little about.
With the teenager’s attributes being likened to those possessed by Luis Suarez (via The Guardian), by continuing his development over the coming years, there is no reason why he cannot become a hero for the Whites.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa consider using Temenuzhkov in the play-offs? Or should the Argentine wait until next season to embed the forward into the senior squad? Let us know below.
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