Why Leeds' midweek win may be looked back upon as an important game for Mo Barrow's loan spell

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Mo Barrow looked bright when he came on during Leeds United's win over Bristol City in midweek.

Swansea City's Modou Barrow in action with Arsenal's Laurent KoscielnyModou Barrow playing for parent club Swansea City

Of the two wingers that Leeds signed on loan on transfer deadline day in January, it appeared that Mo Barrow would be the more reliable option given his Premier League experience, while Alfonso Pedraza would be a potential wildcard for the Whites.

Despite working with Barrow previously, Garry Monk provided a hint however, that he may not be entirely convinced about how influential the 24-year-old may be in the upcoming promotion race as he brought him on 15 minutes after he had introduced Pedraza against Huddersfield, and subsequently left him as an unused substitute in the defeat to Cardiff while Souleymane Doukara and Hadi Sacko both got a chance from the bench to make an impact.

While it would have been too early to write him entirely, Barrow may well have felt that there was a danger that the loan move would be destined to practically fizzle out - much like it did for countryman Mustapha Carayol last year - with Monk seemingly establishing a pecking order that hinted that he was not that close to the top.

That was why it was so important that the Gambian looked to make an impact when he was brought on during Tuesday's game with Bristol City. 

Hadi Sacko of Leeds UnitedHadi Sacko did not have the best game on Tuesday

The likes of Stuart Dallas, Sacko, Doukara and arguably Pedraza have all struggled to make the most of the opportunities they have been given in recent times, so Barrow would have surely known that he had an opening to move himself up the pecking order when Monk handed him a chance shortly after the hour-mark.

Though he did not contribute a goal or assist, Barrow looked bright when he was brought on while Sacko really struggled to make the right decisions on the opposite wing.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the matchLeeds United manager Garry Monk

And with Monk now perhaps wondering which of his wide-men to use in Saturday's game with Ipswich, Barrow may have perhaps done enough to capitalise on others' struggles to earn himself his first start for Leeds.

And if demonstrates his Premier League quality in the coming weeks, he may look back upon the promise he showed against Bristol City this week as a crucial moment for his chances of success during his time at Elland Road.

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