By Dave Woods

11th Jul, 2019 | 7:25am

Leeds fans thrilled by McCalmont

Marcelo Bielsa named a line-up of experienced first-team pros and Under-23s for his first pre-season game against York City on Wednesday night.

One of the beneficiaries was 19-year-old Alfie McCalmont, who played in the defensive midfield position normally patrolled by Kalvin Phillips. 

Leeds fans were really hoping to see Phillips last night, with question marks over his future hanging over him, but before fans start panicking he should start in tonight’s game against Guiseley.

It was McCalmont’s first senior start and he snatched his opportunity with both hands.

He was helped out by centre-backs Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper, but he looked comfortable, was assured on the ball and looked solid going forward.

It’s obviously early days but on the basis of this performance we think we could see more of McCalmont with the first-team this season.

The match was streamed live on LUTV and that gave plenty of fans the chance to appraise the youngster and they really liked what they saw.

One fan even went as far as to say he could turn out to be better than Lewis Cook or Kalvin Phillips!

Here are just some of the positive reactions to McCalmont’s display:

https://twitter.com/douthwaite69/status/1149201961213935617

https://twitter.com/LWilsonLUFC/status/1149047877282480128