Noel Whelan shares his doubt on Leeds United’s Izzy Brown

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.

Izzy Brown joined Leeds United on loan from Chelsea in the summer of 2018.

Chelsea's Izzy Brown and Andreas Christensen (right)

Noel Whelan has said on BBC Radio Leeds that he does not think that Chelsea-owned youngster Izzy Brown can replace Samuel Saiz in the Leeds United team.

Saiz, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a forward, has joined Spanish club Getafe on loan from Leeds in the January transfer window.

The 27-year-old was a key figure in the Leeds midfield and is a very creative player, and the West Yorkshire outfit have yet to replace him.


Brown, signed on loan from Chelsea in the summer of 2018, is a player that many Leeds fans will expect to fill in for Saiz.

The 22-year-old, who can operate as an attacking midfielder, forward or winger, is recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in January 2018 while he was on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Chelsea's Izzy Brown during a training session at the Cobham Training Ground on 15th May 2015 in Cobham, England.

The youngster has been playing for the Whites’ Under-23 side, but former Leeds striker Whelan has suggested that the former England Under-20 international may not be a suitable replacement for Saiz.

Whelan said about Brown replacing Saiz on BBC Radio Leeds: “Is he going to be the answer to that one? I am not so sure because he has played hardly any football in a year. To get up to speed, Under-23 games still not the same as Championship level.”

Leeds United's Samuel Saiz goes down under a challenge from Hull City's Tommy Elphick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Leeds United at KCOM Stadium on October 2,...

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