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Ross Killock and Chris Dawson absent from Leeds training party; what next for them?

Two of Leeds United's promising youngsters will not be able to impress their new boss during the club's pre-season tour.

Leeds United took a 25-man squad to Austria for their pre-season tour, and while the most notable absentee was Nicky Ajose, there are also questions to be asked regarding some of the club’s younger players.

While the likes of Lewis Walters, Casper Sloth and Lewie Coyle were all included in manager Uwe Rosler’s squad for their upcoming matches against Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim, some other promising talents were left at home.

Chief among those was Chris Dawson – a player for whom next season is huge given that he only has a year left on his current Leeds contract.

Despite his considerable talent the 20-year-old has only made four senior appearances for Leeds to date and it seems he is no closer to making his first-team breakthrough, instead tasked with continuing his development with the under-21s.

Then there is Ross Killock – a 21-year-old centre-back who also has a year left on his current deal. Despite his versatility Killock is yet to make his first-team debut and when you consider the number of centre-backs currently ahead of him in the pecking order he may struggle to do so in the short-term.

Pre-season tours are the perfect opportunities for young players to show what they can do in action alongside their more senior teammates. And while training plays a significant part, the fact that neither Killock nor Dawson have travelled raises questions regarding their future.

They may still head out on loan before being offered new deals, but while other young players have been thrown in at the deep end and blossomed in recent times, Dawson and Killock seemingly still have a long way to go.

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