Brian Montenegro fired a hat-trick for Leeds United's under-21 side this week.
Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has used a number of young players this season, with varying levels of success. But one player who has barely been used is 21-year-old forward Brian Montenegro.
The Paraguayan has featured just five times for Leeds’ first-team this season and started just once – against Sunderland in the FA Cup.
That 84-minute appearance aside, Montenegro has racked up just 15 minutes in the Championship, leaving him little time to make an impact; but could he be about to get more chances?
After all, he has been on the substitutes’ bench for Leeds’ last three matches and came on against both Norwich City and Charlton Athletic.
And now he has given a timely reminder of just what he is capable of, scoring a hat-trick for Leeds’ under-21 side against their Huddersfield counterparts on Monday.
Montenegro scored his first goal in the 25th minute calmly finishing inside the area, before he put Leeds ahead three minutes before half-time.
Luke Parkin put Leeds 3-1 up before Montenegro completed his hat-trick with 10 minutes remaining.
It was an emphatic statement of intent, with the Leeds youngster seemingly showing Redfearn what he is capable of, as if he did not already know.
It may be late for some Leeds fans, but as a result, do not be surprised to see Montenegro given more minutes following his recent heroics.