By Craig Scott

25th Aug, 2022 | 9:48am

Luis Sinisterra not guaranteed Leeds United starting spot - Rene Maric

By Sean Fisher

Despite scoring and impressing during his cameo against Barnsley on Wednesday night, Luis Sinisterra is not guaranteed a starting spot at Leeds United, according to assistant manager Rene Maric.

Leeds’ strong start to the season continued on Wednesday, with Sinisterra shining during a 3-1 win over Barnsley in the Carabao Cup. Now in the third round, Leeds face a trip to Wolves.

Sinisterra opened the scoring at Elland Road in spectacular style, with the Colombian winger striking from range to open his Leeds account.

The 23-year-old has so far suffered a frustrating start to life in England after he was sidelined with an injury at the start of the season. But he took his chance with both hands on Wednesday, putting on a wonderful display to entertain the Elland Road faithful.

Sinisterra’s £21million move from Feyenoord this summer suggests that he was always brought in to play a crucial part in Leeds’ first team, but assistant manager Rene Maric insisted he has plenty of work to do to break into the side.

“Obviously we have other players at our disposal too, who played really well in the last games, so he’s for sure in the competition,” said Maric, as quoted by the Dewsbury Reporter.

“The way he trains, the way he behaves – he’s a great presence in the locker room. There’s a lot to come from him, but he still has to continue working.”

Sinisterra’s struggles shows squad progression

From fielding Dan James as a central striker to now boasting an abundance of attacking talent, Luis Sinesterra’s struggles to break into the first team shows exactly how far Leeds United have come in a matter of months.

Regardless of what you think about Jesse Marsch, he’s done superbly well in adding much-needed depth to this Leeds squad.

The club acted quickly when it came to replacing outgoing players, and as Raphinha’s replacement, Sinisterra still has a big part to play this season.

But the fact that Leeds don’t feel forced to plunge Sinisterra into the first team is a testament to the squad’s growth under Marsch.

Having been afforded time to grow and adapt to life in Leeds, the 23-year-old can prepare to make a name for himself in the Premier League.

He just has to fend off both Jack Harrison and James first – and good luck to him with that one.

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