The Marcelo Bielsa revolution at Leeds is well underway and with the Argentine at the helm, there’s a very strong chance that the club could gain promotion back to the Premier League after so many years away.
The former Athletic Bilbao manager kicked off his time at Leeds in scintillating fashion as the Yorkshire side went on a superb run to start the season. In the last few weeks, however, Leeds have suffered a setback and after their loss to Birmingham City, United have been in a slight rut.
Due to injuries to Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi, Leeds have only managed to win two of their last six games.
As a result of the injury crisis at the club, Marcelo Bielsa has been forced to dip into the academy and this season he’s used academy graduates such as Jamie Shackleton, Tyler Roberts, Ryan Edmondson and Jack Clarke.
The 17-year-old signed his first professional contract with the club last year after impressing for the under-18s and under-23s. The youngster can play in a variety of positions across the front and is equally potent as a winger or as a striker.
He played against Nottingham Forest at the weekend and such was his impressive performance that he could well be used once again this weekend. He’s made three appearances for Leeds this year, playing on the left, right and also as a right-back against Blackburn.
He’s nowhere near the finished article and at 17, there’s still plenty to come from the youngster. He probably won’t feature heavily for Bielsa this year but he could well be an important player off the bench, especially considering how demanding Bielsa’s style of play is.
At 17, it looks like he’s going to be yet another talent to come off the Leeds academy production line that has produced the likes of Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Alan Smith and Jonathan Woodgate.
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