Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa was left surprised at Oliver Casey’s performance against Huddersfield Town at the weekend.
The Whites returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table, albeit for potentially a short period of time, with a win 2-0 over the Terriers on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Gjanni Alioski and Pablo Hernandez in the second-half secured an invaluable 2-0 win for the Whites, who made it six wins in their last six league games at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The afternoon saw young defender Oliver Casey make his senior debut for Leeds – the 19-year-old replaced Mateusz Klich in the 85th minute, as the Whites looked to see out the game.
The young defender only played for the final 10 minutes of the encounter, but his cameo was impressive and left Bielsa surprised at how well he played.
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Speaking to Leeds Live after the game, Bielsa said: “Olly is a player who has developed a lot in the last month. He has a good character. He has a good defensive presence on the pitch.”
“I was sure Olly could play today, but I wasn’t sure he would have a performance like today: calm and regular with balance.”
Leeds will be hoping to see Swansea City do them a favour this afternoon, as they prepare to come up against the Whites’ automatic promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Casey certainly didn’t look out of place at the weekend whatsoever.
Coming into a game late on against a Yorkshire rival in a local derby could intimidate a player, but he didn’t looked fazed at all and performed really well indeed.
Of course, it helped that Leeds were winning the game, but he still looked calm on the ball and showed signs of becoming a ‘Bielsa-type’ central defender, similar to Ben White.