Noel Whelan has claimed Izzy Brown “won’t play for Leeds United again” as Marcelo Bielsa is convinced there are better players emerging from the academy.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker lifted the lid on why the Argentine has overlooked the big-name Chelsea loanee since he returned to fitness in January.
Brown has been a regular for the Under-23s and has been fully fit for months but he has had just nine minutes of senior action and has often failed to even make the matchday squad.
An injury crisis, which has robbed Bielsa of Kemar Roofe, Tyler Roberts, Ezgjan Alioski, Adam Forshaw and Barry Douglas, saw Brown brought back into the 18 for last Saturday’s play-off semi final first leg against Derby County but he was an unused substitute in the 1-0 win.
“Izzy Brown won’t play for Leeds again,” Whelan said. “Marcelo Bielsa believes he has better players in the academy and coming out of the youth team. If they have been performing in training, rightly so.
“I just can’t see Brown featuring for Leeds again. Even when he gets on the bench, he is not used and Bielsa has preferred to bring on Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton.
“He would rather have their energy, and that’s why you have an academy. We are not blessed with millions of pounds and have to rely on the academy set-up.
“They are keeping out a professional player who has come through the ranks at Chelsea and played many times for Huddersfield and Rotherham on loan. He is proven at this level, but Bielsa clearly prefers what he sees from Clarke and Shackleton.”