Kris Moore must be contender for Leeds bench spot vs West Ham
Leeds United face West Ham at Elland Road this Saturday with Marcelo Bielsa set to be without a number of first-team players.
As things stand, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Patrick Bamford are set to miss out. Meanwhile, doubts linger over Luke Ayling and Raphinha.
Jack Harrison could return if Bielsa deems that he is fit enough. But Pascal Struijk serves the final game of his three-match suspension.
With that in mind, Bielsa may have little choice but to name another incredibly youthful bench for the visit of the Hammers.
Adam Forshaw was joined by six under-23 stalwarts on the bench for the Carabao Cup tie with Fulham in midweek.
Bielsa can name two more substitutes against the Irons. And with that in mind, perhaps there is a chance that he could promote 17-year-old Kris Moore for the very first time.
Moore surely in contention for spot on Leeds bench amid injury problems
Charlie Cresswell looks to be in contention for a Premier League debut. And summer signing Leo Hjelde could keep his place in the match day squad.
There are other contenders. Nohan Kenneh can play at centre-back or holding midfield.
But surely, Moore is the next name in line for a promotion if Bielsa decides to pick another centre-back alongside Hjelde.
He is certainly one of the names fans are keeping an eye on. Moore has been impressive when he has been promoted to Mark Jackson’s under-23s.
And Leeds’s injury problems have seen the teenager fly up the pecking order – albeit briefly.
If he is included, he will surely play no part against the Hammers. But it would be a real statement of intent from Bielsa.
If the Leeds boss deems Moore to be far enough along on the right path, perhaps he will be tempted to hand him that experience of being in the first-team fold.