It has been an immensely frustrating seven months for Izzy Brown at Leeds United.
Since joining the club on loan from Chelsea last August, the forward has only managed to make one appearance in the Championship as a myriad of injury problems have halted his progress at Elland Road. After missing the opening 30 fixtures for the Whites, he was named on the bench against Middlesbrough in February before featuring in an away defeat at Queens Park Rangers two weeks later.
However, since this brief cameo, Brown has been absent from the squad once again with Bielsa confirming that he had suffered yet another injury (via the Yorkshire Evening Post) but is expected to be fit for Saturday’s clash at Birmingham City. Although it is extremely unlikely that the 22-year-old will feature from the start against the Blues when you consider that both Patrick Bamford and Keemar Roofe are both ahead of him in the pecking order, he may be used as an impact substitute by his Argentine manager.
If he is given the opportunity to express himself over the next five weeks for Leeds, he simply has to show just what he is capable of for the sake of his career. Having already been loaned out on five occasions by Chelsea, it is clear that he almost certainly doesn’t have a future at Stamford Bridge and so by impressing Bielsa, Brown could force himself into the Whites’ long-term plans.
However, if he does not show any glimpses of his undeniable talent, the forward could find himself becoming the latest victim of the Blues’ loan cycle which has stalled the careers of Lucas Piazon, Lewis Baker and Marko Van Ginkel in recent years.
Once considered to be one of the most promising players in English football, it is now time for Brown to step up to the mark and deliver as if he doesn’t, he faces the risk of failing to reach his potential.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Brown be given the chance to impress in the final seven fixtures by Bielsa? Or is too much of a risk to take with the club fighting for promotion? Let us know below.
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