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After under-23 heroics it’s time for Leeds United to give Sam Dalby first-team shot


After under-23 heroics it’s time for Leeds United to give Sam Dalby first-team shot

The 18-year-old striker has been in fine form and deserves a Leeds United shot.

Leeds United’s season has fizzled out to a mid-table finish. After initially pushing for the play-off places the West Yorkshire side have plummeted down the table in 2018. The club have changed managers, with little impact, and their final games of the season have little meaning.

With that in mind, perhaps it is time Leeds gave some more of their youngsters a first-team opportunity. The likes of Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Tom Pearce have taken their chance this season with aplomb. Leeds have also used the likes of Paudie O’Connor this term, whilst Callum Nicell has made the bench.

One problem area for Leeds United is the striker position.

The club never fully replaced Chris Wood, with the likes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Caleb Ekuban and Jay-Roy Grot all struggling.

So should Leeds give one of their young players a chance in the first-team, namely Sam Dalby?


The 18-year-old striker was signed by Leeds in January from Leyton Orient. Dalby had impressed in League Two last season and Leeds decided he was worth bringing to Thorp Arch in the winter. The fee paid for the player was undisclosed but it is now looking like money well spent.

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Dalby has been in fine form Carlos Corberan’s under-23 side this season. That form continued yesterday, as he put Bristol City’s youngsters to the sword at Ashton Gate.

The rangy striker, who has been compared to Harry Kane in playing style, scored twice as Leeds won 4-o against their rivals.

Leeds have plenty of talent waiting in the wings for an opportunity in the first-team at Elland Road. With the campaign slowly but surely coming to an inconsequential end, Leeds now have the perfect opportunity to bring in some fresh faces.

Considering the current options cannot buy themselves a goal and Lasogga seemingly on his way out this summer than throwing Dalby into the first-team seems like a good idea from Paul Heckingbottom.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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