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3 Leeds players to watch out for in the 2019/20 season



After falling short at the final hurdle last season, Leeds will be desperate to go all the way next year and get into the Premier League.

Even though Leeds’ failure to get promoted will feel like failure to fans, there was so much to be optimistic about.

Obviously Bielsa is Bielsa, and the glorious football his team has played has rejuvenated the city’s love and passion for the football club.

Bielsa has partly done this by giving opportunity to young players. Leeds have a big range of talent at their disposal – many from the Leeds area – and they played for much of the season with a fearlessness which bodes well for the future.

These players will have an even more important role next season now that they are a year older and wiser.

In April, Leeds announced losses of around £4 million in 2017/18, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post and there are even bigger expected losses for this financial year with an increased wage budget.

Unless Leeds get further investment – which might happen as the Qatar Sports Investment group are considering buying a stake in the club – then they will have limited funds, and therefore will need those youngsters to take on more responsibility.

We’ve taken a look at 3 Leeds players that you should keep an eye out for next year.

Jack Clarke

If Leeds can hang onto Jack Clarke, then he will play an important part next year.

Tottenham Hotspur are apparently after his signature, but Football Insider claim that the price tag of £20million is currently putting them off.

At just 18, Jack Clarke was a useful weapon for Bielsa, where he started four games and came on for 20. He scored two goals and gave two assists while playing 814 minutes, according to stats from WhoScored.

Bielsa liked using Clarke for his sharp feet and blistering pace. He was often used at half-time from Bielsa if Leeds found themselves chasing the game.

If the Yorkshire boy stays next year, you can expect to see him see more.

Unfortunately for Clarke, he has been playing in the same position as Pablo Hernandez and therefore has struggled for minutes.

However, with Hernandez being 34, it is expected that they will share the minutes more.

Jamie Shackleton

Despite only starting four games last season, Jamie Shackleton showed immense qualities in both play-off ties.

The 19-year-old can play at both right-back and centre-midfield and you expect he will see a lot more games this season.

Already an England under-20 international, Shackleton will have the benefit of playing alongside another Leeds boy in a similar position, Kalvin Phillips.

Tyler Roberts

Similarly to the other two, Tyler Roberts started off last season having no more than a cameo role.

However, towards the end of the season Roberts grew into a regular and was unfortunate to miss out on the play-offs through injury.

The Welshman has played 28 Championship games, starting 20 and scoring eight.

The attacking midfielder is expecting to get more game time next season, and after an impressive second half of last season, it is hard to imagine him not improving next year.

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