Should Leeds United be giving more chances to Chris Dawson considering his undeniable talent?
Much has been written and said about Neil Redfearn’s impressive use of young players at Leeds United.
Given his previous role in the academy, it is no surprise the Whites boss has blooded plenty of blossoming talent during his two spells in charge of the club this season. But despite putting his faith in the likes of Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook, could he be making a big mistake by regularly overlooking another talented midfielder?
Chris Dawson has only made three senior appearances for Leeds, two of which came this season against Cardiff City and Fulham. But while some youngsters have gathered vital experience at a rate of knots, the 20-year-old has hardly been used, instead having to make do with run-outs in the under-21s.
When you consider Dawson’s talent, his lack of chances is baffling, especially when so many players in their teens and early twenties have been in and out of Redfearn’s side since he took permanent charge.
Questions remain over the use of Casper Sloth, often snubbed in favour of Rudy Austin, while Brazilian midfielder Adryan has seen his early-season progress lost quicker than anyone would have expected, but Dawson’s omission is perhaps the biggest mystery of all.
It could also ultimately raise questions over the player’s Leeds future, if he continues to see others given chances while he is used so sparingly.