Will Milanic give this Leeds youngster a chance in the first-team?

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Darko Milanic is poised to be named the new Leeds boss, but could he hand a first team opportunity to compatriot Zan Benedicic.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino made the controversial decision to appoint former Forest Green Rovers boss Dave Hockaday as the Whites' new manager over the summer, and his spell in charge at Elland Road was unsurprisingly short, lasting only 70 days before Cellino pulled the trigger.

Hockaday's sacking leaves Leeds searching for another new manager, and whilst former Leeds figures such as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Alejandro Sabella and Simon Grayson have all been linked with returns to West Yorkshire, Cellino is looking in another direction.

Sturm Graz manager Darko Milanic is set to take the reins at Elland Road in a bizarre move. The Slovenian is barely known in English football and after failing with his first appointment, Cellino is set to take another risk by gambling on Milanic. The former Slovenian international made his name in his homeland with Maribor, but is now set to arrive in Leeds today in order to seal his new job.

His Slovenian roots may be good news for one Leeds player in particular; Zan Benedicic. The 18-year-old is on a season-long loan deal from AC Milan with a view to buy at the end of the loan. So far though, Benedicic has barely featured, appearing just twice for Leeds as he struggles for first team football.

Yet if Milanic has been paying attention to football in his homeland - which he should have been given his recent roles with Primorje, Gorica and Maribor - then he will be aware of Benedicic's potential, as the midfielder has been a fixture in Slovenia's Under-17, Under-18 and Under-21 sides as one of the most promising young Slovenian players around.

The language barrier may also come in to play for some Leeds players, but not for Benedicic. If he can use this to his advantage by picking up tactics and strategy quicker than his team mates, then he will have a much better chance of getting into the starting XI on a regular basis.

With a permanent move on the line, Benedicic will be going all out to impress his new boss - and being managed by his compatriot may just work in his favour.

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