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Leeds player on bench for Sheffield United under-23 side on Monday night

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Leeds player on bench for Sheffield United under-23 side on Monday night

Callum Nicell supposedly remains on the books at Leeds United with another 12 months remaining on his current deal – but he appeared on the bench for the Under-23 side of a Premier League club on Monday night.

Back in the summer of 2018, Leeds announced on their official website that midfielder Nicell had signed a new contract at Elland Road which would keep him with Marcelo Bielsa’s side until the summer of 2020.

Nicell, 19, had appeared on the Leeds bench back in 2017-18 under Paul Heckingbottom. Indeed, he was a substitute against Preston North End and Sunderland in April 2018. But last season he remained an Under-23 player.

Indeed, Nicell was outshone by the likes of Alfie McCalmont, Jamie Shackleton and Robbie Gotts in Leeds’ reserve side. He has a contract at Leeds until June, but the Ireland Under-19 cap appeared on Sheffield United’s Under-23 bench on Monday.

 

Nicell remained an unused substitute as the Blades’ second string capped off a superb weekend for both the senior side and the Under-23 outfit, with a 2-1 win over Watford – after Chris Wilder’s first team beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

It remains to be seen if Nicell will do enough to earn a new deal at Sheffield United, and whether he remains on the books at Leeds. If it is the latter, though, he will certainly struggle to break into the senior side before the end of his current deal.

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