There has been little for the Leeds United faithful to celebrate this season, with both performances and results well below the level of expectation set out at Elland Road.
Yes, early season hopes of a play off finish might have been optimistic but after ending the last campaign in seventh place, making the step up to the top six was by no means an unrealistic achievement.
However it has been a disaster from October onwards and there are many directions in which to point the finger of blame ahead of what will be their final game of the season – a home clash against Queens Park Rangers.
Normally, the last match of the season is a celebration of the campaign just gone but you can be certain there will be no joyous occasion at Elland Road – although Paul Heckingbottom can continue the trend of the club’s youngsters being the bright spark among the vast number of disappointments.
The likes of Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Tom Pearce and Paudie O’Connor have all stepped up into the first team after breaking through the youth ranks and against Norwich City on Saturday it looked as though 16-year-old Ryan Edmondson would be the next to be handed the chance, travelling to Carrow Road, but he stunningly missed out on the final match day 18 ahead of the 2-1 defeat.
That was a mistake which backfired in Heckingbottom’s face.
The likes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Jay-Roy Grot were chosen ahead of the youngster but their performances off the bench left much to be desired considering they are supposed to be senior stars.
With neither looking likely to have much of a future at Elland Road, and with little to play for ahead of the QPR clash, it is time for Heckingbottom to reward his young talents for their efforts below the first team, and give them a taste of senior action.
Edmondson should have at least been given a chance on the bench against Norwich, and Heckingbottom must be looking to make amends for his massive mistake against the Canaries in the last game of the season, either with the young striker or another future talent.
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