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Steve Evans says Leeds United loanee Will Buckley must earn the right to play

The Leeds United loanee is yet to get going since arriving from Sunderland.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been speaking to the Sunderland Echo about his on-loan winger Will Buckley.

The 25-year-old arrived at Elland Road from Sunderland earlier this season but so far he has made little positive impact, featuring for just 120 minutes to date.

Considering Buckley’s lack of first-team football prior to his temporary Sunderland exit it is no surprise it is taking him some time to regain his fitness and form, and that is something Evans acknowledged ahead of his side’s clash with Cardiff City this evening.

“I think Will wants to have more game-time,” the Leeds boss told the Sunderland Echo. “He’s another player that I’ve had a chat with and said he has to demonstrate it by performance and earn the right to be in the team.”

That is the case for all Leeds’ players and with the club currently down in 19th place in the Championship it is up to the squad to start playing to their full potential and swiftly turn things around.

The recent performance against Blackburn Rovers suggested there was still a very long way to go in that regard, but Leeds’ season could be defined by just how many players are up for the fight.

Buckley could yet be key, but he needs to work hard in training and then justify every single minute he gets on the pitch from here on in.

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