Remarkably, Marcelo Bielsa is yet to pick a single player for a competitive game after they have been loaned out during his tenure as Leeds United boss.
The Whites have sanctioned a large number of loan deals since Bielsa’s arrival. But none of those players have returned and gone on to play for the first-team in a league or cup game.
Many have since left the club on a permanent basis. And it is difficult to see any of those currently out on loan getting a chance upon their return.
Instead, Bielsa has preferred to keep hold of the brightest youngsters within his ranks. He has seemingly deemed the likes of Leif Davis, Robbie Gotts and Jordan Stevens to be better off staying put than heading out on loan.
It is a policy that clearly makes a lot of sense. Those youngsters can spend longer working with Bielsa while providing cover for the first-team.
And Leeds now boast a crop of exciting under-23 prospects who look ready to step up for Bielsa’s side when called upon. Many already have this season.
Time to make a small change?
But should Leeds manage to get promoted this term, perhaps it may be time for Bielsa to consider tweaking that policy slightly. It may be right for a couple of young players to get minutes elsewhere.
If Leeds are promoted, those players not currently getting minutes will have more to prove before they get a first-team chance at Elland Road.
The level they need to be at will rise. Meanwhile, the Whites will surely strengthen in certain areas. And that may leave the likes of Ryan Edmondson, Mateusz Bogusz and Oliver Casey with more hurdles to clear.
Bielsa may want to keep those getting close to being ready for regular first-team football. But those slightly further adrift may benefit more from playing on loan in the Championship.
Jack Harrison, for example, looks ready to play in the Premier League after his two loan spells at Leeds.
Leeds appear to have their own youngsters who can reach that level in the future.
Bielsa can, of course, help many get to that level. But perhaps there could be a couple who may also benefit from leaving on a temporary basis should Leeds find themselves at English football’s top table next year.