By David Woods

26th Apr, 2021 | 12:25pm

Leeds first-team player starts for Under-23s today – Confirmed starting XI v Fulham

Mark Jackson has named his Leeds United U23s side to face Fulham today in the Premier League 2 Division 2. 

Leeds have already won the title and will be playing in the top-flight next season, so it will be interesting to see if they can still keep their foot on the pedal and continue to dominate as they have done all season.

It’s a solid line-up with first-team player Jamie Shackleton starting, alongside Cody Drameh, Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood.

Joe Gelhardt is missing but we’ve had no word about an injury.

The game kicks off at 1pm and Leeds will be hoping for something similar to the reverse fixture when they won 7-1.

Bright future

Two more Under-23s players made the step up into the senior squad on Sunday.

Summerville and Greenwood both made a Premier League bench for the first time, without getting onto the pitch, and both start today.

They joined Joe Gelhardt, who has made the first-team bench a number of times in recent weeks.

These three, along with Cody Drameh have the best shot at senior game time next season, but it doesn’t seem like Bielsa is in any hurry to give them first-team game time.

We imagine that’s down to man-management as much as anything else, but Leeds are still in with an outside shot of making the European places.

Even without that, the Premier League prize money is such that a single place is worth £3m.

With Leeds looking to strengthen again this summer, a couple of places could equate to another new player so it makes sense to keep the team as strong as possible.

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