Marcelo Bielsa handed a debut to Leeds United youngster Niall Huggins against Arsenal and it is fair to say that he did not disappoint.

It came under very difficult circumstances too.

The Whites trailed 4-0 when Huggins came on to replace Gjanni Alioski not long after half-time. By full-time it was 4-2 and Leeds were unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty.

It meant we won 2-0 in the time he spent on the pitch, and he fared well against Bukayo Saka and Hector Bellerin. Unlike Alioski.

Bielsa also shuffled up the backline in the second half yet each defender adjusted well, Huggins included.

Supporters have noted that he did not look out of place and the full-back was praised for the energy he displayed.

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Alioski has looked out of sorts in recent games and has been substituted in five out of his last seven appearances.

Stuart Dallas is our only other senior option at left-back but with injuries to midfielders we need him in the middle of the pitch.

That could mean more opportunities for Huggins.

Leeds are pretty much safe from relegation already and more game time for Huggins, Jamie Shackleton and others will really aid their development.

Here is some of the reaction from the Leeds fanbase to Huggins’ debut.

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