Michael Brown has discussed the future of Alfie McCalmont at Leeds United, saying Marcelo Bielsa has a decision to make on the youngster.
The U23 central midfielder has been impressing in the Yorkshire club’s youth sides, whilst also making two appearances in the Carabao Cup this term.
With such impressions being made, a recent report claimed that Bielsa had been speaking to director of football Victor Orta about McCalmont’s future chances in the first team.
Playing in a similar position to that of Kalvin Phillips, who has been in superb form this season for The Whites, McCalmont’s chances may seem thin at the present time, prompting Brown to discuss whether or not it would prove a wise option for the youngster to leave the club on loan this summer.
Brown told Football Insider: “It’s limited opportunities with a side that are sat at the top of the league and you’re sat there thinking: ‘When can I get that chance?’
“Like Augustin, how do you fit in when the team are successful? It’s hard to change as a manager, to bring people in, you’ve got to wait your turn and you’ll get your chance.
“A loan depends on squad depth, position, finances – it will take time to account, ask what kind of minutes can they get him, what and where is he going to play? If they believe that the coaching in the squad environment will benefit him, then they’ll wait.
“It’s not straightforward, I personally think the more games you play as a youngster, you’re going to benefit. I did it and I know many who did who have gone on and done really well.”
Whilst a loan move may benefit McCalmont, you have to feel that staying under the guidance of Bielsa would be a better option.
Playing time may not be frequent next season, especially if Leeds are in the Premier League, but the young midfielder would be able to take away plenty of knowledge from the experience of top-flight football whilst also continuing to learn from one of the highest-rated coaches in world football.
And, if Bielsa’s previous comments and the 20-year-old’s reputation are anything to go by, then playing time will surely become greater and greater as he develops further.
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