By George Hartley

31st Dec, 2021 | 4:40pm

Leeds United manager Bielsa gives hope to youngsters in pre-Burnley press conference

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has given hope to the club’s young talent with a loan comment ahead of the Elland Road clash with Burnley on Sunday.

As quoted by LeedsLive, the boss spoke to Leeds media ahead of the upcoming game against Burnley in the New Year.

Also commenting on injuries, COVID and Leeds supporters, the Argentinian was asked about the club’s young players and whether any would be loaned out this coming January.

Bielsa was quick to mention the potential opportunities set to presented to Leeds’ young players should they stay at Elland Road in January.

Speaking to Leeds media on young players being loaned out, he said: “It’s a subject where it’s a possibility. Players that are immediately below the group of the first-team, they only have one reason to stay at the club – that they have real possibilities to dispute a place in the team, that they have the desire to fight for their space and show that they deserve it.

“With those parameters, we will make the decision that’s best for the players and for the club.”

Deserved

Leeds have offered minutes to a number of young players this season. Yes, to a degree, Bielsa’s hand has been forced with major stars succumbing to long-term injuries including Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford and Pascal Struijk.

However, this quote from Bielsa should certainly instil hope in the young talent coming out of Leeds’ academy.

His words suggest that the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh and Sam Greenwood would still be in line for opportunities in the first-team should they earn them – even when key players return.

Bielsa’s investment in his young players will be key to sustained success should he remain at the club beyond this season. The club’s and the fans’ faith in the manager seem as strong as ever and for him to be holding the youngsters in high regard will mean a lot to supporters.

It will be intriguing to see Bielsa’s starting line-up ahead of the 2 December match against Burnley.

In other Leeds United news, could a senior player be axed from the starting line-up as stars return?