MOT View: Bielsa decision suggests Leeds 23y/o handed reprieve after being tipped for June exit
Marcelo Bielsa didn’t really spring any shocks in his starting line-up on Sunday but the Leeds United boss did raise some questions with his decision for who was on the bench.
One player who we were surprised to not see on the bench was January signing Elia Caprile, who emerged as Leeds’ third-choice goalkeeper since his arrival from Chievo.
When Kiko Casilla was hit with his eight-match ban, Illan Meslier stepped up into the starting line-up while Caprile moved up to Bielsa’s bench after impressing in the Under-23s.
However on Sunday, Bielsa opted to name Kamil Miazek as his substitute goalkeeper instead of Caprile.
What is surprising is that Miazek’s contract is due to expire at the end of June and nothing has been said about a short-term extension.
The 23-year-old has never made a first-team appearance for Leeds and it did seem as though he was on his way out of the club based on his contract situation.
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Even LeedsLive journalist Joe Mewis claimed last month that “Miazek does not appear to have much of a future at the club”.
We agreed and thought he would be on his way with Caprile filling in as Bielsa’s second-choice until Casilla’s ban is over.
But now, Bielsa’s decision suggests that the Polish shot-stopper has been handed a reprieve.
Could he be in line to earn a contract extension and maybe get loaned out next season, or handed a spot in Bielsa’s senior squad?
We haven’t seen much of Miazek to suggest he would be worth keeping on but he is five years older than the promising Caprile and has exactly the same number of first-team appearances – zero.
In other Leeds United news, fans have been reacting as this defender’s exit was confirmed.