Marcelo Bielsa may be holding off fielding the likes of Joe Gelhardt at Leeds United because of financial pressures.

That is according to ex-Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the manager hinted that debuts will not be handed out for the sake of it towards the end of the season.

Quoted by Leeds Live, Bielsa said: “It’s not about putting in players that are young, it’s about playing them because they deserve to play. They must show they have the level required.”

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Leeds are on a six-match unbeaten run and up to 9th place in the Premier League table.

Finance expert Kieran Maguire told this site that each place in the league table is worth an additional £3million this season. 

Kenny claims that Leeds will not want to jeopardise their excellent run of form and in turn their bank balance by freely handing out debuts.

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“You need a happy medium,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“You want to bring the young ones through but at the minute they’re in a bit of form.

“They’ve had some good results against big teams. Does he want to be changing things around right now?

“They want to finish as high as they possibly can. It’s down to money when we’re talking about it like that. 

“I’m sure if they were good enough he’d bring them through right now. But that might be why he’s holding off a bit.”

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Gelhardt signed for Leeds from Wigan Athletic for £1m in the summer.

He has netted 11 times in 16 Premier League 2 appearances for his new club.

In other news, Leeds United set for £100m-plus spend as big-money contracts touted.