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Is Will Buckley following the same path as Edgar Cani at Leeds United?

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Considering the minimal impact the Sunderland player has made at Leeds United so far.

When Will Buckley arrived at Leeds United on loan from Sunderland, he did so because the Whites were desperate for more wide players, but after some less than impressive performances from the 25-year-old could he already be akin to Edgar Cani last season?

Buckley’s Leeds debut came against Birmingham City in early October, and during his 57 minutes on the pitch it was clear he lacked match fitness.

That was no surprise given he had not featured for Sunderland’s senior side all season, but what followed suggested Buckley was not going to get better any time soon.

Against Brighton & Hove Albion he played for 28 minutes; then it was just 20 minutes against Fulham before he made a 16-minute cameo against Bolton Wanderers. And having had little impact in any of those games he was an unused substitute for Leeds’ three most recent league games.

With Stuart Dallas and Jordan Botaka both showing far more since arriving at Elland Road, Buckley could have to get used to a place on the bench and a few minutes here and there at best; something Cani experienced during his own loan spell at Leeds last season.

With just 48 minutes of Championship football spread over four games, Cani proved to be an ineffective and somewhat pointless signing, and after a spell as an unused substitute he then found himself out of the match-day squad altogether.

Against Wycombe Wanderers last week, Buckley had the perfect chance to show he was now ready to fight for a starting spot under Leeds manager Steve Evans. But he could not do that, and he looks like a player the club simply do not need.

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