Leeds United drew 1-1 with Brentford in the Championship on Saturday and it was a special day for academy graduate Jack Clarke on his first-team debut.
A late Ponuts Jansson equaliser earned a point for the Whites at Elland Road, as it cancelled out Neal Maupay’s second-half penalty.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa is currently dealing with a host of injury problems in his senior squad, but it’s opened the door for some youngsters to get a chance in the first team in recent weeks.
Attacker Clarke got his first senior opportunity off the bench against Brentford and he impressed during his 20-minute cameo.
Bielsa raved about the impact of the 17-year-old after he came on to the pitch and described him as a special talent.
“I’m particularly happy for his (Clarke) performance because he answered a question very difficult in the game. He didn’t have any personality problem to express himself,” Bielsa said, as quoted by Leeds Live.
“We give a lot of credit to what the academy brings to the first team, so I would like to thank the academy for all of the good players they are bringing. He’s 17 and a good player. He has very good skills. We can see how good he is.”
Bielsa had some extremely kind words for Clarke after his appearance, but does that mean he will get more opportunities after the upcoming international break.
The teenager showed no fear on the ball with some brilliant dribbles and looks like a player that is ready to play a part in the squad.
He is a versatile attacker that looked dangerous as a right-winger at the weekend and there could be room for him to challenge wide men Jack Harrison, Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas for a position.