This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
After two games of the Championship season, Leeds now have a distraction courtesy of the glitz and the glamour of the Carabao Cup.
Whether you like this competition or not, it’s a fine chance for those who don’t usually achieve regular minutes to get some action under the belts.
For Leeds, this is unlikely to be too different as they take on League 2 Salford.
They, of course, have close ties with the class of 92 and it could be one of the most appealing clashes of the first round.
Going into this match, it might well be the first sight Leeds supporters get of recent loan signings Illan Meslier and Eddie Nketiah.
However, it’s players in between their two positions who Marcelo Bielsa could well experiment with.
The League Cup has had a tendency of being used to field youth players and as such, the Argentine could help prepare Leeds for a brighter future by embarking on a strong run.
Against Salford, there are three young players in particular who are deserving of minutes.
The first one is Mateusz Bogusz. The young Pole was talked up in pre-season by fans but is yet to show his true colours since the competitive action got underway.
He scored during the off-season and this could be the perfect opportunity to bed in one of their best rising stars.
Considering Adam Forshaw’s struggles playing in a more attacking role against Nottingham Forest last weekend, it is the ideal time for him to prove his worth. It could also give Leeds a larger goal threat.
Bielsa’s midfield feels a little timid at the moment and as a result, Jamie Shackleton could well get minutes. He has been on the bench so far this term and looks ready to be called upon by his manager when necessary.
Alongside Bogusz, it could give a fascinating glance into what Leeds could look like in a few years.
Now Tom Pearce has departed the club it makes things a little easier for Leif Davis to get into the squad. He featured just once in the Championship in 2018/19 but could gain valuable minutes on Tuesday night.
Leeds developed Jack Clarke suitably last term but now it’s time to bring through the next group of young players.
If Leeds can establish a strong run in the League Cup whilst embedding rising talents, it could be hugely beneficial for the future.