By Mark Smith at York
Leeds United under-23s finished their Premier League Cup campaign without a win this season after playing out a 1-1 draw with Wolves on Friday.
Carlos Corberan’s side dominated the game at Bootham Crescent but were pegged back by a thunderous strike by Chem Campbell.
It was yet another good display from the young Whites and perfect preparation for their top of the table league clash with Nottingham Forest on Monday.
Leeds once again used Gaetano Berardi and Ian Poveda, both completing 90 minutes meaning that they will highly unlikely be used by Marcelo Bielsa against Reading.
Here are three things learned during the 1-1 draw on Friday evening…
Poveda bang average
There have been many questions raised over Poveda in recent weeks, with the January signing failing to deliver enough in training and therefore not being included in matchday squads. Fans have been left scratching their heads over why the 20-year-old has been solely used in the under-23s, but Friday explained it. The England youth international was far too inconsistent, and although he showed promising glimpses running at his man, he was way too reluctant to pull the trigger or hit the final ball – something that will not please Bielsa. On this display, he is still some way off featuring for the first team.
Huggins takes the spotlight once again
Niall Huggins has almost played in every position in the past couple of months, and he has still managed to excel wherever he has been placed. The Welsh youth international was at right-back against Wolves, but you could have easily mistaken him as a winger in the clash. He was fearless and breezed past his man time after time. If you need a senior comparison, imagine Luke Ayling, but more attacking – yes, that forward-minded. He could easily be the next young name to appear in a Championship matchday squad, and it wouldn’t surprise us one little bit.
Anything you can do, we can do better…
It was way too similar to a senior matchday on Friday night. Corberan will have been left pulling his hair out when the full-time whistle went with the scoreline level. Leeds dominated the ball, and Wolves hardly had a sniff until the final 20 minutes. The Whites didn’t create masses of chances but they were camped in the away side’s half at times, and that should have paid off with many more goals. Let’s all hope for a more simple game at Elland Road on Saturday, when Bielsa’s men welcome Reading to town in the Championship.
In other Leeds United news, these Whites fans reacted negatively to one attacker during the 1-1 draw for the under-23s