By Mark Smith

11th Nov, 2020 | 6:14pm

Casilla & Poveda start in strong side - Confirmed Leeds U21s team news v Blackpool

Leeds United under-21s travel to Blackpool on Wednesday evening in their final group game in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Mark Jackson has utilised the first-team, bringing in the likes of Kiko Casilla and Ian Poveda into his starting XI.

Confirmed on their Twitter account prior to kick-off, the Whites named a team mixed with experience and youth players at Bloomfield Road.

Jackson will be wanting his under-23 players to bounce back from their embarrassing defeat against Newcastle.

Despite being 3-0 to the good in Tyneside, the Whites managed to lose 4-3 thanks to a last-gasp goal from Stan Flaherty.

Sam Greenwood has returned to the starting side, continuing his blossoming partnership with fellow signing Joe Gelhardt.

Gelhardt has been on fire recently, and calls have been getting louder for him to jump into the first-team – this could be a big audition for him to catch the eye of Marcelo Bielsa.

It is a massive game for the young Whites, who could qualify for the knockout stages with three points on the coast.

Despite having a goal difference of minus-seven due to their crushing defeat at Accrington Stanley, their draw at Barrow has given them a chance.

This is great exposure into senior football for the youngsters, and beating an established League One side would be a massive confidence boost.

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