Leeds United mass withdrawals perfect opportunity for Lewis Walters to shine

The young forward has been on the precipice of the first-team for much of 2015.

Leeds United fans were left fairly shocked last night as six first-team players pulled out of the squad for the game with Charlton Athletic this weekend.

The game at The Valley will be sans Marco Silvestri, Mirco Antenucci, Giuseppe Bellusci, Dario Del Fabro, Souleymane Doukara and Edgar Cani. The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that neither head coach Neil Redfearn or the club's physio staff were aware of any problems.

Silvestri and Antenucci have since explained their injury woe on Twitter, but many Leeds fans still smell a rat, considering the majority of these players were signed by controversial owner Massimo Cellino.

But rather than focus on the negative, there is certainly a positive that can be taken from the mass withdrawal.

With Antenucci, Doukara and Cani all absent there is scope to finally give pacy attacker Lewis Walters a big chance in the first-team.

Billy Sharp and Steve Morison remain available but what Walters offers is something completely different. With the season essentially over, this could present the perfect moment to throw him in at the deep-end - either as a striker or winger.

Kalvin Phillips recently made the breakthrough while the success of Leeds' youngsters has undoubtedly been the highlight of their difficult season.

From this crisis, another bright spark could ignite at Elland Road.

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