Marcelo Bielsa made one change to his squad for their game against Sheffield United today, with Jack Clarke returning to the squad in place of Izzy Brown.
Brown was ruled out through illness, and his absence will have been hugely frustrating for everyone associated with the club.
There were high hopes for the creative midfielder when he arrived at Elland Road on loan from Chelsea for the season, but it’s safe to say that it’s been a time to forget for Brown.
He has had his fair share of injury problems that have restricted his first-team appearances, with Brown featuring in just one league game all season for the Whites.
The 22-year-old is yet to make a start for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and with just eight games remaining of the Championship season for Leeds, it’s up there with one of the most unsuccessful loan spells at Elland Road in recent years.
He’s been a regular in the under 23’s side that have been hugely impressive this season, but that won’t have been why Bielsa decided to sign him on loan in the summer.
There’s no doubting that on his day, Brown is one of the most creative players in the Leeds team but he is far too injury prone for my liking.
Marcelo Bielsa has been reluctant to make many changes to his squad, which is understandable given that his Leeds side have been the team to beat for the majority of this season.
But when Brown isn’t even stepping off of the substitutes bench at times this season, it speaks volumes about Bielsa’s assessment of him.
It’s been a time to forget for Brown at Elland Road, and I can’t see him being given a chance to make a notable contribution to Leeds’ promotion push to the Premier League.
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