Eddie Nketiah and Alfie McCalmont have both posted on Twitter after making their debuts for Leeds United on Tuesday night, in a comfortable 3-0 win over Salford City in the Carabao Cup.
Leeds’ took on Salford – who are part-owned by six members of Manchester United’s class of ’92 – in the pick of the 33 first-round Carabao Cup matches on Tuesday night. But Leeds dominated from start to finish.
Marcelo Bielsa made seven changes, with only Kiko Casilla, Ben White, Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich remaining in the side from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest. But they eased past the League Two side.
Nketiah scored on his debut, before a collector’s item from Gaetano Berardi doubled the lead. Klich made it three just before the hour mark, and both Nketiah and McCalmont posted on Twitter after making their debuts.
— Eddie Nketiah (@EddieNketiah9) August 13, 2019
— Alfie McCalmont (@alfiemccalmont4) August 13, 2019
TBR’s view – Leeds have better strength in depth than 18-19
Leeds fans would have been forgiven for being frustrated for a lack of action in the transfer market. But Bielsa’s side showed excellent depth to make seven changes, before handing a debut to youngster McCalmont.
Last season, there were little options at centre-back, worries in the middle of the park and more needed out wide. This time round, the combination of new recruits and excellent talent coming up have given Leeds depth.
McCalmont can become Phillips’ replacement, while Bielsa boasted the quality of Helder Costa, Gjanni Alioski, Berardi, Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke to add to his starting eleven. Depth was a worry last term, but this time around, there is strength in depth.