Leeds United winger Jack Clarke looks set to miss out on a place in the squad to face Swansea City at Elland Road on Wednesday night as he remains under observation after falling ill on the substitutes’ bench during the 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, and manager Marcelo Bielsa should bring Jordan Stevens back into the squad to replace him.
Well, Clarke started on Teesside but was taken off at half-time, before he needed medical attention later on in the match – which led to the 11 minutes of injury-time that saw Kalvin Phillips eventually force an equaliser for the visitors.
The 18-year-old is likely to be left out for the visit of the Welsh club on Wednesday, but while Bielsa may have a few options to choose from when it comes to replacing him in the squad, he should opt for Stevens.
The midfielder, who is the same age as Clarke, made his debut for the Yorkshire outfit as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium last month, while he was an unused substitute in the both the preceding and proceeding Championship fixtures.
The teenager wasn’t included in the 18 for the big games against Norwich City and Middlesbrough, but now Leeds are facing a club slightly lower down the table at home then it seems to be the perfect opportunity to introduce Stevens again.
Bielsa has proven this term – with Clarke especially – that he isn’t afraid to blood the youth if he feels they are good enough and can make a difference on the pitch, and he clearly rates the 18-year-old given he has already been in and around the first-team squad.
The Argentine manager now needs to make another big and brave call as his team look to get back to winning ways in their bid to win automatic promotion to the Premier League.
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