Paul Heckingbottom says he needs to see more of Leeds’ Under-23 stars before throwing them into first team action, and fans are not happy with the manager.
Leeds fans have found something else to criticise manager Paul Heckingbottom for, after the 40 year-old played it cool over talks of introducing the U23s to the senior side this season.
After the Boxing Day win over Burton Albion, Leeds were looking nailed on for a playoff place at the very least.
Three months and just 11 points later though, and the side have pretty much nothing left to play for, hanging in mid-table limbo waiting for the season to end.
Fans have not been particularly impressed by manager Paul Heckingbottom, and have called for some of the red hot U23 side to get a chance in the first team.
Carlos Corberán’s youngsters have won four in a row, scoring 11 goals in that period, but Heckingbottom says he needs to see more of them before chucking them into the senior side.
PH finished his interview saying there could be a chance for the likes of Sam Dalby, Jack Clarke & Paudie O’Connor before too long but admits he needs to see more of them. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) April 3, 2018
For many fans, this season’s capitulation should be a chance for the likes of Sam Dalby, Tyler Denton, Jack Clarke and Paudie O’Connor to get first team minutes, and fans have been reacting to the manager’s comments on Twitter…
? ?? he sees enough of o’kane, ekuban and Pennington but yet still continues to play them
— Tim Patel (@timpatel86) April 3, 2018
There are hours of footage of them playing for the academy. And more importantly scoring goals . Time to blood them .nowt to loose
— Liane Baxter ⚽️??️⚽️ (@lianebaxter) April 3, 2018
They can’t be any worse!
— ian (@igrattan) April 3, 2018
— Adam Brown (@adambrown1992) April 3, 2018
What does he do if he isn't watching the youth team? Doesn't look like he spends any time with the first team dossers
— Tom Holgate (@TomHog1994) April 3, 2018
Well he needs to hurry up and watch them because he's only got a month left thank goodness
— Anne Taylor (@lufcanne) April 4, 2018
Wow!!!! Go watch the 23’s!! More than enough evidence Clarke deserve his chance!! Nonsense comment!
— lenaldo (@Lenaldo9) April 3, 2018