MOT View: Corberan switches in U23s could provide Leeds selection hint v Millwall
With Leeds United under-23s not having much left to play for in the Premier League Cup, it was no surprise to see a weakened team.
Carlos Corberan made six changes for the trip to Wolves, with a number of under-18s players starting the game.
Stuart McKinstry, Bobby Kamwa, and Niklas Haugland all started, with Alfie McCalmont and Jamie Shackleton on the bench along with new signing Elia Caprile.
Those youngsters did have the experience of players like Ryan Edmondson and Mateusz Bogusz to call upon though.
It was a great 2-2 draw for the Whites in the end after they put up a great fight against a team higher than them in the footballing ladder. What caught the eye more though, was the substitutions of Corberan.
The Spaniard decided to bring off Bogusz after only half an hour, moving McCalmont into the midfield. At first, this looked like it was to stop the threat of Wolves from deep positions, who were starting to dominate the game.
But, at the hour mark, it got more interesting. Shackleton was then brought on, and to everyone’s surprise in attendance, it was McCalmont who made way.
Keeping up with the needs of the first-team has always been a priority this season in the under-23s with a number of senior players getting minutes under their belt.
Those two changes meant all three youngsters only got half an hour on the pitch, a sign that they could be involved in the upcoming clash against Millwall.
After Kalvin Phillips picked up a red card against Queens Park Rangers, there is a spot available in the heart of midfield.
The leading man for the role will be Shackleton, given that neither McCalmont or Bogusz have made their league debuts yet. Either way, the fact that they were all given half-an-hour at Wolves could hint at three possible inclusions against Millwall.
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