This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leeds United have started the season in cracking form and currently lead the way in the Championship after eight fixtures, heading into the weekend trip to face Charlton Athletic at the Valley.
One player though who has struggled the break into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team squad this season is 18-year-old midfielder Mateusz Bogusz, who has only managed one League Cup appearance so far this season.
The Polish midfielder is highly-rated but has had to make do with involvement in the club’s under-23 side, but as January approaches, it could be viewed that sending the player out on loan to get first-team action for the second half of the season would be a wise move to enhance his development.
So should the Whites look to loan out Bogusz in the January transfer window? Or keep him in the fold?
“Since joining Leeds in January from Polish side Ruch Chorzow, Bogusz has struggled to make any inroads at Elland Road.
“Used exclusively in the Whites’ Under-23 set-up last season, the midfielder helped the club’s youth side secure the Professional Development League North title as well as the overall competition.
“Whilst he has been included in a number of Leeds’ match-day squads, it may be worth Marcelo Bielsa loaning him out in January.
“By sending him to a lower league side who will be able to guarantee regular first-team football, Bogusz could return to the Whites as a much more accomplished player next summer.”
“I’d be tempted to send him out on loan.
“It does seem as though Bogusz is ready to gain more first-team experience, so a temporary move elsewhere may suit him.
“That would allow him to further develop his already undoubted abilities, and get used to the pressures of playing week in week out at senior level, which would surely benefit both him and Leeds upon his return to Elland Road.
“However, given the number of players who have struggled to force their way back into contention after returning to the club following temporary moves away, you wonder whether Bogusz himself may be slightly reluctant to make a move such as this.”
“I think he’s too good to be sitting on the first-team bench and impressing for the under-23s every week.
“Bogusz is a massive talent – he has been superb for Carlos Corberan’s under-23 side, and I thought that he would be given his chance to shine in the first-team under Bielsa by now.
“But that hasn’t happened for whatever reason, and I think a regular taste for mens’ football would do him really well.
“Look at how Mallik Wilks did out on loan last season – he is now a decent player in the Championship for Barnsley.”