By David Woods

11th Dec, 2019 | 8:42am

Phil Hay says Leeds player 'surprised and disappointed' by Bielsa decision v Hull

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that Leeds United youngster Oliver Casey was “surprised and disappointed” by Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to drop him from the matchday squad for the game against Hull.

Leeds won the game 2-0 on Tuesday, continuing a fantastic run that now totals seven wins in a row – the best in the Bielsa era.

19-year-old centre-back Casey made his senior debut in the 2-0 win against Huddersfield on Saturday, coming on in the 85th minute and impressing everyone with a calm and composed performance.

In fact, Bielsa said he was surprised by how composed the youngster was after the match.

MOT Leeds News spoke to Casey on Monday when he played for the Under-23s and he said he wasn’t sure if he was going to be involved on Tuesday.

And he ended up being dropped from the squad in favour of another young centre-back, Pascal Struijk, who came on for the final moments of the win against Hull.

Talking after the game in a fan Q&A on the Athletic, Phil Hay said, “Casey was fit and was, I’m told, surprised and disappointed not to feature after Saturday.

“Interesting one. It felt earlier in the season like Struijk was first in line behind the senior CBs and perhaps Bielsa is being fair to him. He’s had injuries recently.”

Casey will get more first-team opportunities and he was perhaps unlucky not to feature again on Tuesday.

But it’s good that he was – as Phil Hay was told – “surprised and disappointed” to miss out.

You want confident youngsters behind your main group of players and Leeds have now got Casey and Struijk to call on if anything happens to the core group of centre-backs.

It certainly feels like Leeds are way more equipped there this season compared to this time last campaign.

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