The Leeds United midfielder has the talent to succeed under Uwe Rosler despite a disappointing debut campaign.
When Uwe Rosler took over as manager of Leeds United it seemed likely the club would adopt his favoured 4-3-3 style next season and so it seems when you consider the club’s pre-season matches to date.
But while there are the usual candidates to fill the wide roles – the likes of Sam Byram, Lee Erwin and Souleymane Doukara – could there be a surprise alternative who rarely got the chance to show what he could do last season?
When Leeds announced their 25-man squad to travel to Austria for their pre-season tour there were notable omissions such as Chris Dawson and Nicky Ajose, but there was also a player whose presence may have been somewhat surprising.
Casper Sloth made just 14 appearances for Leeds last season but he showed glimpses of what he is capable of, most notably in a 60-minute cameo against Reading when he set up one goal and looked a constant threat.
However, despite that notable contribution Sloth was back on the bench for Leeds’ very next game against Millwall and he managed just one more appearance all season.
With a new man in charge and a new season to prepare for, Sloth now has a fresh opportunity to impress and his versatility and talent means he could excel in a 4-3-3 formation on either wing or even as an attacking midfielder in the first bank of three.
Leeds have such talented youngsters that Sloth may well have to make do with a bit-part role at least to begin with, but Rosler is going to need plenty of players as he attempts to earn promotion from the Championship in his debut campaign and the Dane could ultimately have a big role to play.