Noel Whelan has claimed Izzy Brown is “unlikely to play for Leeds United ever again” after his freeze-out of the matchday squad was extended to six games on Friday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker says there is a strong possibility the on-loan Chelsea star won’t wear a first-team jersey for the rest of his time at Elland Road.
The 22-year-old has been given just nine minutes of first-team action since recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him for 12 months in January of this year.
Attacking midfielder Brown has been a regular for Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s but has failed to make an impression with the senior side.
Remarkably, the former England Under-21 international has failed to even make the matchday 18 for the last six games despite Marcelo Bielsa reporting him as fit and injury-free.
“Izzy Brown will be hurting and frustrated, but he hasn’t convinced Bielsa and time is running out for him,” Whelan said. “When we lost Samuel Saiz, we needed another player to come into that number 10 role.
“A lot of people thought it would be Brown once he got fully fit, but Tyler Roberts looks a lot sharper and has kept him out out of that position.
“Clearly, Marcelo Bielsa has not seen enough from him Brown training or in the Under-23s games [to select him]. You have got to show the manager why you deserve to be picked, and Brown hasn’t done that.
“Bielsa doesn’t make many changes and has stuck by these players so far this season. Given that Brown can’t get in the squad, it would take a major change now with promotion hanging in the balance. It seems he’s unlikely to play for Leeds ever again.”
Brown has a contract at Chelsea that runs until 2021 and he is set to return to his parent club at the end of this campaign.
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