MOT View: Leeds to be wary of a fired-up Izzy Brown in clash v Luton
There’ll be a very familiar face in the Luton side that lines up against Leeds United on Saturday.
Izzy Brown was one of the biggest disappointments for Leeds last season.
The Chelsea player arrived at Elland Road injured but with huge promise last summer… and then the wait started.
He finally got back to full fitness in December, only to break down again with injury. That saw him sidelined until February when he made his one and only appearance in the league, coming on for nine minutes against QPR.
The less said about that, the better.
And that was it for Izzy Brown at Leeds, bar an even shorter and more desperate cameo in the play-off semi-final against Derby that condemned his side to another season in the Championship.
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It seemed unlikely that he’d either want to come back to Elland Road or that Bielsa would have him, and so it proved, with Brown securing a loan at Luton where his fortunes have taken a turn for the better.
He’s now provided five assists in his last seven games and although he missed their last game against Reading through injury, he’s fit and raring to go against Leeds on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa talked at length about Brown in his press conference on Thursday (live in the LUFC app, Thursday, 12.30pm) and was his usual generous self, blaming himself for Brown’s problems at Elland Road.
“I’m happy about that,” Bielsa said when asked about Brown’s good form. “He’s showing a level he didn’t show with us. I consider this my mistake. At Luton, he is able to compete and play matches. We couldn’t give him this.”
Talking to Football.London ahead of the Luton game, Brown admitted himself that he’s still not 100% after the injury at Brighton that kept him out of the game for so long at Leeds.
“One day I will be playing well and then the day after I have a dip, so right now I need to find that consistency. This season I am starting to gain confidence, getting assists and playing well and that’s what I want to do. I need to add goals to my game, other than that the confidence is back.”
He won’t need any firing up against Leeds.
Bielsa talked about a mistake with Brown and we think that came in the game against QPR, when he was brought on for the last nine minutes.
Leeds were 1-0 down and chasing the game with 85 minutes on the clock when Brown came on. He looked like a rabbit in the headlights, got a yellow card with his first action of the game and it appeared like he’d forgotten how to play football.
But, coming on in a helter-skelter game like that after being out for almost a year was probably the worst thing that could have happened to him. It obviously knocked his confidence and it pretty much spelled the end of his time at Leeds.
Luton might be struggling but in Brown they’ve got a player in form, full of confidence again and a player determined to make a point against his old team.
Leeds need to be very wary of him.
In other Leeds news, Marcelo Bielsa delivers mixed injury news ahead of Leeds clash v Luton