Leeds United youngster Jack Clarke is returning after a spell on the sidelines and will be hoping to fight his way back into the first-team soon.
Back in February, the 18-year-old winger was taken ill against Middlesbrough and required oxygen. But luckily, it was a false alarm and it was put down to a virus.
Clarke played most of Leeds’ recent under-23 match as he continues his recovery and he will be in contention for the first-team again soon.
But Marcelo Bielsa’s recent comments could act as an ominous warning to Clarke as he looks to regain his starting spot.
When asked about why Lewis Baker’s loan spell at Leeds did not work, Bielsa admitted that he is not keen on tinkering with his starting line-up, The Yorkshire Post reports.
Bielsa said: “I work a lot so that when a player comes into the starting XI he doesn’t go out of it. Usually the player who plays as a starter stays as a starter. I only take decisions when I think they can be lasting.”
This makes Clarke’s challenge to get back into the starting team quite difficult. The teenager would need to oust Tyler Roberts or Jack Harrison, who are both settled and in a rhythm.
Bielsa’s stubbornness in selection could mean Clarke has to take things slowly, but he forced his way into the team before and he’ll trust his ability to do it again.