Paudie O'Connor could soon prove point to Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa

General views of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on December 03, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Paudie O'Connor has endured a mixed start to life in League One after leaving Leeds United on loan.

Blackpool's Paudie O'Connor vies for possession with Shrewsbury Town's Alex Gilliead during the Sky Bet League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Blackpool at New Meadow on August 18,...

It is almost easy to forget that Paudie O'Connor was amongst the cluster of youngsters handed a chance in Leeds' first-team in the latter stages of last season who arguably did not look out of place in the senior side.

Like Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Tom Pearce, O'Connor benefited from the defensive problems that led to Leeds' campaign fizzling out quite dramatically. And he may have been hoping that he could potentially find himself in Marcelo Bielsa's plans this term at Elland Road.


But the centre-back was one of the first to leave in the summer, as he joined League One side Blackpool on loan for the season. It appeared to be a move that made a lot of sense with the Irishman highly-rated but facing a tough time trying to force his way into the first-team picture for the time-being.

Unfortunately for O'Connor, his spell at Bloomfield Road has not started that well. He has not played for the side since Terry McPhillips was appointed on a permanent basis - though he did play regularly during his spell as caretaker.

Blackpool manager Terry McPhillips watches as his side struggle to score during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Luton Town at Bloomfield Road on September 22, 2018 in...

His last two appearances have come in the cup competitions, which perhaps hints that he may come back into the side this week - and perhaps that could present the youngster with a fantastic chance to prove a small point to Bielsa.

Blackpool will face Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the Carabao Cup. If O'Connor is involved, the tie presents the defender with another chance to test himself against Championship opposition, and potentially against an attack of Nahki Wells and Tomer Hemed.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on September 15, 2018 in London, England.

QPR have not made the best start, but there are plenty of teams in the second tier that will be envious of the partnership that the Hoops have been able to put together. 

O'Connor performing well therefore, would be a significant statement from the Leeds youngster to his parent club. And after his difficult start to life at Blackpool, that is probably exactly what the defender needs. 

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