Danny Mills has tipped Leeds United youngsters Leif Davis and Charlie Cresswell to earn rare starts against Crawley Town on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and England defender insisted Marcelo Bielsa will not make “wholesale changes” and there will be a “smattering of seniority” in his starting XI.
The Argentine revealed in his pre-match press conference that his lineup will not contain “any players who haven’t played before”.
Both Davis, 21, and Cresswell, 18, have played for the Leeds first-team previously with Davis already having two Premier League appearances under his belt.
Cresswell, the captain of Leeds’ Under-23 side, made his first-team bow in their penalty shoot-out loss to Hull City in the Carabao Cup second round earlier this season.
Asked by Football Insider whether the pair may be handed a rare start at the People’s Pension Stadium this weekend, Mills said: “Yes.
“I think it might be a little bit of a mix. I can’t see Bielsa making wholesale changes. I’m sure they’ll be plenty and they’ll be some opportunities for younger players.
“But there will be a smattering of seniority in there because that’s also important.
“Young players learn from senior players, they learn by playing with them.
“If it’s all under-23s, my opinion would be they are not going to learn too much from each other during those games.
“If you throw them in with a handful of senior pros they’ll learn a lot more from that than if it was just themselves playing together.”
Davis who operates at left-back has played 13 times for Leeds’ senior side but his four starts have all come in cup competitions.
Cresswell, a centre-back by trade, has missed just one game for the Under-23s this term.
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