By Sam Stone

24th Aug, 2022 | 8:30pm

Tim Thornton full of praise for Luis Sinisterra strike v Barnsley

Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton was full of praise for Leeds United winger Luis Sinisterra’s first-half goal in their Carabao Cup tie against Barnsley.

The Colombian curled home an exquisite first-half strike from outside the box to get open his Leeds United account on his first start for the club.

Mateusz Klich doubled the lead in the 32nd minute from the penalty spot before Barnsley halved the deficit through Mads Anderson in the 35th minute.

Thornton feels it was exactly the right impression for 23-year-old Sinisterra to make to the Elland Road faithful.

Talking live on Sky Sports [20:07, 24 August], he said: “Talk about making a good impression in front of your own fans.

“He shifted the ball and scored a terrific goal giving Jack Walton no chance.

“What a sensational finish from him.”

Good run out

What a good start to life for Sinisterra in his first start for the club

It’s the first time in a while that Leeds have rung the changes and aren’t significantly weakened with the likes of Liam Cooper and Sinisterra starting from the outset against Brentford.

Considering the way Jesse Marsch likes his team to press and cover every blade of grass, having a large squad competitive squad is essential for the American.

Cup games such as this against League One opposition are the perfect games to chop and change and ensure that his star men are getting a break from the intense Premier League action.

However, if Leeds can get through the first couple of rounds of the competition, then there is no reason why the Elland Road faithful can’t start to dream of a cup run this season.

Leeds haven’t won a major trophy since 1992.

Too often we see mid-table and top-half Premier League teams prioritise the league when in reality there is very little to play for with Europe being out of reach and relegation not being contemplated.

The Whites’ early season form has raised expectations at Elland Road so why should a cup run not accompany their Premier League campaign this season?

Let’s hope the Whites ease through the first couple of rounds and see where it takes them.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites could make a final push for an international striker after he was left out of his side’s matchday squad over the weekend.