Leeds should promote January signings Paul and Jack McKay to the first-team, rather than use the loan market

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There is no point in Leeds using the loan market seeing as they cannot win promotion this season.

Leeds’ season is already over, considering their current placing in the Championship table.

They sit 16th place after 30 games, with too large a gap between themselves and the play-off places, and far too much quality to become part of a relegation battle at the lower end of the table.

Their season will not just drag on, with fixtures every week likely keeping them mid-table. All they have to play for is the FA Cup, and that could end next week when they take on Premier League side Watford.

Steve Evans has made it known that he wants to bring players in on loan to see the Whites through until the end of the season, but there is a better long term move that the manager could make.

Rather than signing players on loan who will return to their parent clubs at the end of the season, Evans should look towards the Leeds academy and promote two players he signed in January.

Paul and Jack McKay were brought to Elland Road to take place in the development squad, whilst training with the first-team ahead of future involvement.

Evans rates them highly, and played a key role in signing them, and if he feels they will have a future at Leeds they may as well start playing now.

The 19-year-olds have already made an impact in the Under-21 set-up, with Jack, a striker, scoring his first goal for Leeds.

Paul is a centre-back, which is a more risky position to incorporate into the first-team, but Leeds have nothing to play for this season, and he can be slowly brought in to the senior squad if Evans rates him so highly.

With Leeds’ senior strikers struggling to hit the back of the net, there is no reason Jack should not be given a run out upfront, bedding him in ahead of a more senior role next season.

Evans clearly rates the duo highly, having made moves to bring them to Elland Road in January, and bedding them into the first-team in this no-risk situation could have fantastic long-term benefits for Leeds.

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