By David Woods

13th Dec, 2019 | 1:51pm

Bielsa blown away by rarely-seen Leeds player who 'gives everything and asks for nothing'

Marcelo Bielsa has always given youth a chance. 

The debut for Pascal Struijk against Hull on Tuesday meant Bielsa has given first-team action to 12 different academy players in the 18 months since he joined Leeds.

Struijk was seemingly the first-choice reserve centre-back after Gaetano Berardi, but he picked up an injury for the Under-23s and that saw Olive Casey sneak in ahead of him.

Casey was hoping his composed performance on  Saturday would get him another nod on Tuesday, but Bielsa is nothing if not fair.

He dropped Casey (who said he was surprised and disappointed), put Struijk on and gave him his debut against Hull.

At Thursday’s press conference (live in the LUFC app, 12.30pm) he heaped praise on Struijk, saying, “He gives everything and asks for nothing in return”.

He also said he was really impressed with the player’s development.

We love Bielsa’s turn of phrase, although we’re pretty sure that Leeds will be paying Struijk.

What it shows is the class of a manager who knows how important these moments are for young players.

The Leeds first-team might be doing the business in the Championship but the quality and feel-good atmosphere at the club goes through the Under-23s and the Under-18s too.

There’s genuinely a belief that chances are there for all players and this holistic approach will pay dividends in the future, we’re absolutely sure of it.

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