When Leeds United signed Izzy Brown last summer on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, their supporters had every right to express their excitement about his arrival at Elland Road.
An incredibly talented player who can operate in several different attacking positions, the 22-year-old promised to provide the spark that the Whites would need to launch a sustained promotion push.
However, unfortunately for Brown, this has simply not been the case as a plethora of injury issues has ruined his campaign with his only appearance for the Yorkshire-based outfit coming in a 1-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers in February.
Since this particular cameo, the forward suffered yet another setback but is now back in training and has featured in several of the club’s under-23 fixtures in recent weeks.
Despite Leeds’ hopes of securing a top-two finish now hanging by a thread following two consecutive defeats, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has revealed that it is extremely unlikely that Brown will feature again for the first team this season.
Speaking on the newspaper’s official podcast, he admitted that: “I’m convinced that he [Brown] is not going to play again. There just seems to be no sign of him coming back in.”
If this turns out to be the case, Bielsa may end up ruing the decision.
Unlike the overwhelming majority of Leeds’ squad, Brown has previous experience of achieving promotion for the Championship with Huddersfield Town and therefore could be a key asset, especially if his side do indeed drop into the play-offs.
With a huge amount of pressure being placed on the likes of Patrick Bamford and Keemar Roofe to deliver the goods, it may be worth giving the forward another chance to impress in the club’s final two fixtures of the season.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Brown be given another opportunity by Bielsa? Or is it too much of a risk to try something different at this stage of the season? Let us know below.
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