Marcelo Bielsa has suggested, in comments reported by Leeds Live, that Kamil Miazek has earned the chance to be Leeds United’s backup goalkeeper in recent weeks – in comments that arguably look quite interesting given his contract situation at Elland Road.
Miazek has been named on the bench for each of Leeds’s six games since the season’s resumption.
It had been January signing Elia Caprile who had been on the bench for the Whites’ first two games following the start of Kiko Casilla’s ban and Illan Meslier’s promotion to the starting lineup.
With no under-23 fixtures being played right now, it is an impressive feat for Miazek to push ahead of Caprile.
And ahead of Thursday’s crucial clash with Barnsley, Bielsa explained why Miazek has been ahead of Caprile more recently.
“Caprile is a young ‘keeper,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live. “He doesn’t have a long period in the club, but his evolution is positive. Kamil now is second because he deserves it a lot. His qualities and because he worked very hard.”
TBR View: Bielsa’s praise looks intriguing given Miazek’s contract situation
Had the season finished as originally planned, Miazek may have been looking for a new club at this stage of the year.
The 23-year-old’s contract was set to expire at the end of June, according to Transfermarkt. And interestingly, he was not named amongst the players who had had their deals extended until the end of the campaign by the club.
It may well be that Miazek has had his contract extended to cover the rest of the season. Leeds may have decided against announcing those terms because he is yet to make his first-team debut.
But perhaps Bielsa’s praise could also hint that the door could still be open for Miazek to stay beyond this season.
It is a major show of faith promoting Miazek at this stage of the campaign. And his comments surely hint that he would like him to stay for longer.