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Hadi Sacko deserves a place in the squad for Leeds United tonight

Hadi Sacko of France celebrates their 2 -1 victory at the final whistle during the Toulon Tournament Group A match between France v Portugal at the Leo Legrange Stadium on May 29, 2014 in...

Does Hadi Sacko deserve a spot on the bench for Leeds United's trip to Cardiff City?

Leeds United's French midfielder Hadi Sacko (L) vies with Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match between...

Hadi Sacko might've been disappointed not to have been included in the squad for Leeds United's win over Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who joined on a permanent basis this past summer, scored last week as the Whites edged out Premier League outfit Burnley in a third-round League Cup game.

The former Sporting Lisbon winger has not been named in a matchday squad for a Championship game since the win at Bolton on the first day of the season.

Alberto Moreno of Liverpool and Hadi Sacko of Leeds United battle for the ball during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in...

And, in truth, few Leeds fans would've questioned Thomas Christiansen for naming him on the bench against Ipswich. He probably deserved it, but Christiansen can make amends tonight and send a great message to the playing staff in the process.

Earning a spot on the bench at Cardiff this evening would represent a small, yet significant step in the right direction for a player who, going by his last performance, clearly wants a part to play in what so far looks like a very exciting project under the 44-year-old coach.

But what was the point of him posting such a display if it doesn't lead to a recall to the squad for Championship outings? If Christiansen doesn't end his league exile, he runs the risk of sending a negative message to other fringe players in the camp.

Scott Malone of Fulham and Hadi Sacko of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on March 7, 2017 in London, England.

Where's the incentive for someone like Pawel Cibicki to force himself into contention if the bloke who scored against a Premier League side doesn't get a look-in?

There is absolutely no case for Sacko to start tonight, but a place in the squad gives him and other fringe players a reason to keep pushing and improving because if there's a way back for Sacko then it would give others hope.

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