Remarkably, Marcelo Bielsa has handed just 19 Leeds United players a starting spot in the Championship this season.
Bielsa has been notorious for limiting the number of changes he makes to his lineups. Nevertheless, he has still been willing to introduce a number of exciting young players into the first-team fold along the way.
There have been 10 players who have made their senior debuts for the Whites this season. And the large majority have either come through the academy or are young players who have arrived from elsewhere.
What is particularly exciting for Leeds fans is the number of academy prospects still awaiting a chance.
With that in mind, here is TBR’s prediction concerning the next five players currently at the club to make their Leeds debuts…
While this list is not predicting the order these debuts will come in, it is probably safe to assume that Ian Poveda could well be the next player to make their Leeds debut.
The January signing has been in the first-team squad on a few occasions. And he provided a glimpse of his quality in the recent under-23 draw with Barnsley with a stunning assist.
Liam McCarron has had a taste of first-team football with Carlisle United. He has also recently made his debut for Scotland’s under-19s.
It may be a tough task forcing his way ahead of Poveda in the pecking order. But he will also be aware that Bielsa will not hand Poveda an opportunity simply because he is a January signing.
Theo Hudson is another wide player that Leeds fans will already have their eye on. He has shown that he is excellent at running with the ball and has a piece of magic up his sleeve.
And what will surely make him particularly appealing to Bielsa is his versatility. He can play on either flank, whether that be in defence or midfield.
Speaking of versatile players, Niall Huggins has proved since the turn of the year that he could be capable of filling Stuart Dallas’s shoes in the future. He has featured all over the park for the under-23s in recent times.
He has scored two goals in their last three games, while there have been a number of assists. And having caught the eye of the fans with his flair, you would have to think that he is a player that Bielsa is monitoring very closely.
Leeds let a number of talented centre-backs leave in the summer. Pontus Jansson, of course, went to Brentford. But there was also departures for the likes of Paudie O’Connor, Aapo Halme and Hugo Diaz.
That has seemingly opened the door for Charlie Cresswell to really impress the supporters. He looks an extremely class act at the back. He reads the game superbly, and has the ability to produce a diagonal pass that a certain Brighton loanee within the first-team would be proud of.
There is definitely something special about the defender.
Who have we missed? Which Leeds academy prospects are you expecting to see make their debuts in the near future?