Michael Brown admits making a decision on what to do with young Leeds United midfielder Alfie McCalmont this summer is “not straightforward.” 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Tottenham enforcer admits he would encourage youngsters to go out on loan and play regular football to boost their development.

Leeds Live report that Marcelo Bielsa told Victor Orta that McCalmont, then 19-years-old, could take Kalvin Phillips’ place if the first-team star was sold last summer.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

However, the now-20-year-old has picked up just 65 minutes of action this season, with Phillips staying at Elland Road.

Brown admits that he thinks young talents like McCalmont should be playing as much football as possible to grow but that the coaching staff at Elland Road may feel he is better suited to learning under Bielsa, even if it means not featuring for the senior side.

Brown told Football Insider: “It’s limited opportunities with a side that are sat at the top of the league and you’re sat there thinking: ‘When can I get that chance?’

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“Like Augustin, how do you fit in when the team are successful? It’s hard to change as a manager, to bring people in, you’ve got to wait your turn and you’ll get your chance.

“A loan depends on squad depth, position, finances – it will take time to account, ask what kind of minutes can they get him, what and where is he going to play? If they believe that the coaching in the squad environment will benefit him, then they’ll wait.

“It’s not straightforward, I personally think the more games you play as a youngster, you’re going to benefit. I did it and I know many who did who have gone on and done really well.” 

McCalmont’s only appearances for Leeds have come in the League Cup this season, both of which came from the substitutes’ bench.

He has been part of four Championship matchday squads this season, although three of those came in the opening six games of the campaign.

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