Leeds have a promising attacking option in the form of young Jordan Stevens, who is currently on loan with Swindon Town until the end of the season. But upon his return, he could have a position waiting for him.
The Whites are relying heavily on star man Patrick Bamford, who has racked up an impressive seven goals in the Premier League this season and sits level with Harry Kane. Only Son Heung-min, Jamie Vardy, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mohamed Salah have scored more so far (via BBC Sport).
Marcelo Bielsa is currently well-stacked when it comes to wingers, but Stevens is showing solid form and could push for a place in the lineup next season.
The 20-year-old has notched a goal and an assist for Swindon in six appearances so far. He also grabbed himself an assist for the Leeds U23s before he left on loan, to leave a little reminder that he’s willing to fight for his place in the squad.
Indeed, Bielsa has already waxed lyrical over Stevens, claiming that he “has all the skills needed to play in the attack”. The Argentinian also lauded his speed and quality on the ball, something that will help catch the opposition off guard when battling the best Premier League sides.
Another benefit of deploying Stevens into the Leeds squad is his versatility. Despite naturally being a winger, he can slot into the far midfield role as well as right-back – something he has already showcased at Swindon. Should the injured Gaetano Berardi leave Elland Road next summer, there will be space for Luke Ayling to take a deputy under his wing.
With some hard training, Bielsa could turn Stevens into a fully fledged right-back with incredible attacking prowess. Stevens will also provide cover for Helder Costa and potentially challenge fellow rising star Ian Poveda for a spot in the starting lineup.