Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has toyed with the idea of playing younger players in recent weeks and admitted on Friday that could have Sam Dalby in Ryan Edmondson in his squad for the game against QPR on Sunday.
With it being the final game of Leeds’ season, it makes a lot of sense for Heckingbottom to overlook a bunch of senior players who may be off in the summer and instead show some faith in youngsters.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Tom Pearce and Paudie O’Connor have all impressed since they were given the nod to earn their league debuts for the Whites, so why should Heckingbottom stop there?
Another defender that he must unleash for the first time this weekend is Bryce Hosannah, who will be on a real high after agreeing a new two-year deal at Elland Road on Friday.
The 19-year-old right-back has been a mainstay of Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s, appearing 24 times and scoring two goals in the process.
The attack-minded full-back would be someone to really get the fans off their seats at Elland Road on Sunday in what is effectively a dead-rubber tie between two teams with nothing to play for but pride.
Heckingbottom can ensure that it is much more than that though by allowing defender Hosannah to start, especially over Matthew Pennington, who has been filling in at right-back due to Gaetano Berardi’s suspension and Luke Ayling’s injury.
It may well be Heckingbottom’s final game in charge if Andrea Radrizzani sees it fit to get rid of him in the summer.
He may as well leave a lasting legacy at Leeds though by promoting a spate of youngsters to the first team.
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