By Dave Woods

26th Nov, 2019 | 8:20am

MOT View: 19y/o turns heads – 3 things we learned from U23s in 2-0 win v Wigan

A 2-0 win for Leeds United Under-23s against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Monday night meant it was back-to-back wins for Carlos Corberan’s youngsters.

Wigan started the stronger but it didn’t take Leeds long to get into their stride. Ryan Edmondson got the first early in the second half and he’s scored in consecutive games now.

Alfie McCalmont was the architect of the second, finding Jordan Stevens with a defence-splitting pass for the winger to profit from.

Chris Merrie was sent off late on to complete a miserable night for the hosts.

Here are the main talking points from the 2-0 win…

Return of the Shack
Jamie Shackleton has been missing from the first team since the 1-0 win against West Brom back at the start of October. His first comeback for the Under-23s saw him pick up another knock and this was his first action for over a month. The injury came at just the wrong time for him, with Marcelo Bielsa giving him a run of starts in the first team. He got through the first 45 minutes without a problem on Monday night and his path back to the first team will go one of two routes now. The game against Reading on Tuesday will come too soon for him – Marcelo Bielsa has already said he’s using the same 18 players that beat Luton on Saturday. Shackleton could be in contention for Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough but more likely he’ll get another run out for the Under-23s next Monday before the Huddersfield game on December 7.

McCalmont catches the eye
19-year-old Alfie McCalmont has got a tough road to the first team, with Kalvin Phillips an absolute shoo-in for the holding midfield spot. But McCalmont has been catching the eye for the Under-23s and one bit of skill tonight showed his vision and accuracy of passing. The Leeds Twitter page called his pass to set the second goal up “devastating” and there’s really no better word for it. The pass is straight out of the top drawer. If Kevin de Bruyne had done it, it would be all over the back pages. Marcelo Bielsa has praised McCalmont already and he’ll have loved that passage of play. McCalmont has made the bench three times in the Championship this season. He must be knocking on the door for more.

Meslier surely number two
With Kiko Casilla facing a possible six-game ban for using racist language on the pitch, all eyes have been on his stand-ins, Kamil Miazek and Illan Meslier. Miazek played against Barnsley in the last game for the Under-23s and looked suspect with the ball at his feet. Not so Meslier tonight, who proved that he’s comfortable with the ball on either foot and his distribution was solid. If Casilla is banned before the January window, we’ve no doubt that it will be Meslier who will step up to the plate.

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