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If Leeds offer Rudy Austin a new deal, what would it mean for Casper Sloth?

Could Leeds United's decision over Rudy Austin's contract situation impact Casper Sloth's future?

In 60 minutes against Reading, Leeds United midfielder Casper Sloth showed what he is capable of when given a chance.

The 22-year-old put in a wonderful second-half performance against the Royals, helping his side to a 2-0 victory and showing he is more than capable of competing in the Championship.

That outing was only Sloth’s second league appearance in the last 15 matches, and despite impressing he was back on the bench as an unused substitute against Millwall, as manager Neil Redfearn preferred Rudy Austin.

While the Jamaican international was chosen ahead of a player who can rightly feel aggrieved for missing out, the two men’s futures could be linked far more than either currently realises.

After all, Austin is out of contract in the summer, and having vowed to remain at the club in the January transfer window, he is now either set for a contract renewal or a free transfer in the summer.

If Leeds ultimately opt for the former, rewarding the 29-year-old with a new deal, that decision could play a major role in the future of Sloth, whose own game-time will be severely impacted the longer Austin remains at Elland Road.

Some may argue there is a place for both players at the club, but Sloth is at an age when he will want to play week in, week out, and he certainly has the talent to do that.

So if Austin stays – and for now it is a big ‘if’ – Leeds’ talented young Dane may have a huge decision of his own to make.

Does he stay and fight what could be a losing battle when you consider Redfearn’s recent decisions regarding the player, or move to a club where his talent would be rewarded with a regular starting place?

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