Leeds United teenager Mateusz Bogusz looks set to make his debut against Salford City this evening in the Carabao Cup.
The 17-year-old arrived at Elland Road from Polish side Ruch Chorzow in January 2019 but is yet to make a senior appearance for the Whites.
Bogusz was impressive in pre-season, scoring in the 2-1 win against Western Sydney Wanderers, and has been named on the bench for the Yorkshire club’s first two Championship games of the season.
Leeds travel to Moor Lane to face League Two side Salford in the first round of the Carabao Cup this evening and it appears the teenager will make his competitive debut for the club.
Speaking in the press conference ahead of the game, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed he would be involved in the cup tie.
He said: “Mateusz Bogusz will be inside the group.
“He has shown his skills. Now he is very close to the team that is playing the games at the weekend but he has to develop a lot of things yet.
“Because one thing is to have capabilities to deserve to be in the first XI. And another thing is to play and show these capabilities you have.
“He has the capabilities, the skills, he didn’t have opportunities enough to show it, but he took advantage of the minutes that he had in the games.”
The Argentine coach also revealed that Gaetano Berardi and deadline day signing Eddie Nketiah are both set to play some part this evening, in what looks likely to be a much-changed team.
A central-midfielder who loves to get forward, Bogusz looks like an exciting young talent and it will be great to see him in competitive action for the first time this evening.
When he arrived at Elland Road, many fans probably assumed he was another addition for the youth sides but he has forced his way into the senior squad and now, seemingly, onto the pitch.
A number of young players left Leeds permanently this summer but, as the treatment of Bogusz indicates, that is not a reflection of a lack of faith in youth from Bielsa.
The regular involvement of Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton last season are examples that if you’re good enough then the Argentine coach deems you old enough to play a part for his side.