Do Bielsa's comments give encouragement to Leeds youngster Liam Kitching?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa looks on before kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November 10, 2018 in...

Liam Kitching is on loan at National League outfit Harrogate Town from Championship giants Leeds United.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa looks on before kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November 10, 2018 in...

Leeds United fans might not agree, but head coach Marcelo Bielsa clearly does not believe that the Championship promotion challengers need any new centre-backs in the January transfer window.

“No,” Bielsa said, in quotes reported by Leeds Live. “We will have (Pontus) Jansson, (Gaetano) Berardi and (Luke) Ayling back and that will be enough.”

 

But does this mean that the Argentine is willing to give one of the young defenders at his disposal a chance to prove himself in the second half of the campaign, perhaps establishing himself as The Whites' first reserve?

Bielsa did add that seldom-seen Finnish giant Aapo Halme (below) is a ‘possibility’ over the coming months - and if he is set to be given a chance, then that could provide encouragement for young Liam Kitching too.

(L-R) Kaj Sierhuis of Netherlands U19, Aapo Halme of Finland U19during the UEFA EURO 2017 qualifying match between Netherlands U19 and Finland U19 on March 23, 2017 at Sportpark Marsdijk...

The 19-year-old has been on loan at Harrogate Town throughout 2018 and has been hugely impressive, helping the Wetherby Road side earn promotion from the National League North last season. Harrogate are now fifth in the National League proper and Kitching, who signed a new three-year deal in July, has started every one of their 19 games so far.

The teenage defender’s progress has not gone unnoticed either with Bielsa spotted in Harrogate to watch him in action earlier in November, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Now, Kitching is due to return to Elland Road in January and, like Halme, he is well placed to catch Bielsa’s eye.

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