Does Lewis Walters deserve a chance at Leeds United?
Lewis Walters scored Leeds United's only goal as the under-21 side lost 3-1 against Crewe Alexandra yesterday.
The 20-year-old has been in and out of Paul Hart's side this season, with Lee Erwin and earlier Souleymane Doukara stepping down from the first team as they needed game time.
Walters was part of the 2014 travelling pre-season squad to Italy where he showed promise, only to suffer an injury which kept him out until early 2015.
Neil Redfearn included him on the substitute's bench in the Championship but did not hand him a debut, while this season Walters has been a forgotten man, not even making the bench once.
Yesterday he served a reminder of his talent with a goal, even if it could not stop the Leeds side slipping to a loss.
Walters' contract expires in June, with SkySports reporting last summer he signed just a one-year deal to keep him at the club.
It has not been a productive year for him and the prospect of being released is a very real one if there is no change in his status.
Yet to that end, after investing time in him over the last few years, and with nothing to play for, Leeds could do worse than hand him an opportunity in the first team over the final few weeks of the season to see if he can contribute.
If they do and he does not produce then at least they can say they gave him a chance, however limited, to make it work. While a new deal could yet be in the works, if Leeds let Walters go without handing him an opportunity it would be disappointing for the player and for curious fans.