Mateusz Bogusz is proving to be the name to look out for amongst the current crop of Leeds United under-23 starlets.
In comments reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Marcelo Bielsa has hinted that he is not ready to make a judgement on Mateusz Bogusz, but did suggest that he was pleased with the youngster’s performance in the latest Leeds under-23 game.
Bogusz is making quite the impression at Thorp Arch despite the 17-year-old only arriving at Leeds during the January transfer window. He is already proving to be a key member of Carlos Corberan’s squad, and scored another goal in this week’s clash with Crystal Palace.
He is certainly creating a buzz, and the supporters would be forgiven for wanting the Poland youth international to find himself on Bielsa’s radar in the very near future. Bielsa has shown faith in the youngsters this term, and Bogusz appears to have the potential that the likes of Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton showed before their respective promotions to the senior side.
But when asked about the teenager’s form, Bielsa suggested that it may be too soon to make a confident judgement about the prospect – though he did assess his display against Palace.
“He’s a very young player. He has played a few games only. You need to use some analysis. But analysis you cannot do in some moments. He had a good performance in the last game,” he said, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
What has been so impressive about Leeds’ under-23 side this season is how the players have stepped up when they have been called into the first-team due to injury. Players such as Leif Davis and Jordan Stevens may not have expected their senior debuts this season, but they did not let themselves down when their chances came – particularly Davis, whose debut came in very difficult circumstances at Aston Villa.
Bogusz is slightly unfortunate in that Bielsa is even less likely to take a gamble with selection decisions at this stage of the season. But if Leeds suffer yet another terrible run of luck with injury before the campaign concludes, then it would surely not be out of the question for the youngster to be fast-tracked onto the bench.
But for now, it appears that Bielsa is happy to let Bogusz continue his development without worrying about making an impact in the first-team’s promotion push.