Noel Whelan has suggested Izzy Brown has been frozen out at Leeds United because “something has happened on the training ground”.
The on-loan Chelsea attacking midfielder was omitted from the Leeds matchday squad for the third consecutive match yesterday (Saturday) even though Marcelo Bielsa had claimed 48 hours before he was fully fit and available to play.
Brown, 22, has had just nine minutes of senior action all season at the Championship promotion hopefuls despite recovering in January from the cruciate ligament injury that had sidelined him for a year.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan is baffled that a player who has impressed him in the past can’t get into the Leeds squad.
“Something there is not quite right,” Whelan said. “I’ve seen Brown when he was on loan at Huddersfield and Rotherham, and he is an excellent player.
“To come from a Premier League club like Chelsea, he would have expected to play a lot of games. He is fully fit now and has been for most of the last two months.
“Maybe it’s his attitude or something has happened on the training ground at Thorp Arch. The manager just feels he has better options at the moment, but there’s no doubt Brown will be hurting.”
Brown will hope for a recall when Leeds are next in action next Tuesday night, when they travel to Preston North End for their second consecutive away game.
United ended the weekend third in the Championship table, a point adrift of Sheffield United in second place.