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