The Leeds United youngster seems as far away from the first-team as ever.
Of all the exciting young players to come through Leeds United’s academy in recent times, one player has captured the imagination more than most…despite – and perhaps because – of the fact that he has had such limited chances to impress.
While Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt et al have been thrown into the Leeds first-team, 21-year-old Chris Dawson has had to make do with under-21 performances, but while some fans may feel he is simply not good enough, could his faltering progress in fact be down to something else?
The phrase ‘managerial merry-go-round’ could have been invented for Leeds such has been the process of club owner Massimo Cellino in replacing one doomed man with another. And as a result the Italian has been doing no favours to the next generation eager to make their mark at the club but yet to do so.
Any new manager coming in is now fully aware of what Cook, Mowatt, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor can do due to the great work of former boss Neil Redfearn, but Dawson has seemingly fallen by the wayside, and with each new appointment it seems less likely that he will get a chance to add to his four senior appearances before his contract expires this summer.
Steve Evans could be the man to grant Dawson’s wish but that remains to be seen, and while managerial stability would have allowed the young Welshman to show one boss what he could do in training week in, week out, instead he has had to start again as the likes of Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic and Uwe Rosler all came and went.