Paudie O'Connor omitted from Leeds United's pre-season tour

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

The young Leeds United defender will not get any more chances to impress Thomas Christiansen this summer.

When Paudie O'Connor was selected for Leeds United's behind-closed-doors friendly against Harrogate Town earlier this summer, the teenager would have hoped it was the start of a big pre-season as he sought to impress new Whites boss Thomas Christiansen.

Unfortunately for the centre-back, despite coming off the bench for the recent win against North Ferriby United, he has not travelled with the senior squad for their tour of Austria and will instead continue his preparations with the under-23 side.

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

That is a big blow for the former Limerick man, who only signed for Leeds in March; especially when you consider fellow fringe player Conor Shaughnessy has made the trip.

Leeds are short of centre-backs right now, with Giuseppe Bellusci's future elsewhere and the Whites yet to replace former loanee Kyle Bartley.

That leaves Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper to compete with last season's first-choice right-back Luke Ayling and youngster Shaughnessy, who is more commonly used in the centre of the park.

O'Connor could have benefited from the trip as he bids to force his way into the first-team fold at Leeds.

After all, the 20-year-old featured 39 times for Limerick's first-team prior to his move to Elland Road, and if he cannot get a chance when Leeds are so short of options, he may wonder what the next few seasons have in store.

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