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Should Leeds United hand Oriol Rey a first-team opportunity?

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Should Leeds United hand Oriol Rey a first-team opportunity?

The Spanish youngster has been impressing in a midfield role recently.

Leeds United fans have recently been singing the praises of the club’s under-23 performances.

Whilst the senior team have struggled in the Championship, Carlos Corberan has the development team back in fine form.

One player who has performed particularly well is Spanish talent Oriol Rey, signed in the summer from Barcelona’s youth system.

The 20-year-old has not yet made his breakthrough to the first-team, although he was on the bench for the FA Cup exit at the hands of Newport County.

Signed as a centre-back, Rey has recently been in fine form further up the field.

He is currently operating in a holding midfield role and doing so with aplomb.

His excellent range of passing combined with his ability to win back possession has made him a formidable obstacle for opposing teams.

So does Rey deserve a shot in the Leeds United first-team? At the moment, it is difficult to see why not.


Leeds are struggling in the heart of midfield. Eunan O’Kane has had a torrid season and most Leeds fans would happily see the back of him.

Youngsters Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira appear to have stagnated this campaign. Vurnon Anita is not looking up to the task either.

Leeds currently have little to lose. They are not going down and, as far as the play-offs are concerned, it would take a miracle for Leeds to finish in the top six.

Rey needs to get an opportunity to show he can play at a Championship level. Why not try him right now?

Promoting Rey to the first-team right now cannot hurt.

The youngster would need to perform very poorly to be worse than what is currently being churned out in the Leeds engine room.

The Barcelona-educated star could bring some confidence and composure to a flaky area of the current team at Elland Road.

Why not roll the dice on one of the young foreign talents in the final two months of the campaign?

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

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