Marcelo Bielsa must unleash midfielder Jordan Stevens in the final weeks of the season in a bid to get the 19-year-old some more game-time.
Stevens made his debut for the Whites earlier this season when he came off the bench in the 2-1 defeat to Stoke, but Bielsa has not called upon him again since.
Bielsa is clearly impressed by the teenager though, and that bodes well for his career at Elland Road.
“He has all the necessary skills to play on the sides, in attack. He has good quality,” said Bielsa, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay via his personal Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.
Bielsa talking about academy midfielder Jordan Stevens, who made the bench on Tuesday. "The games for the U23s are always a reference for me. I'm very focused on what they are doing. He has all the necessary skills to play on the sides, in attack. He has good quality."
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 11, 2019
IS HE SPECIAL?
Stevens certainly has a bit of that ‘wonderkid vibe’ about him. Leeds signed him from Forest Green Rovers last winter, with Football Insider reporting that the Yorkshire giants beat a host of Premier League clubs to his signature. Since joining the Whites, Stevens has impressed for the Under-23s and started to appear more and more regularly on the first team’s bench. Although the rarely-seen central-midfielder has only made one appearance off the bench this season, he did give a good account of himself on that occasion, and he can only improve if he is played more often.
WHERE DOES HE FIT INTO TEAM?
Leeds are in the middle of a fierce battle for automatic promotion with Sheffield United, so at the moment, Stevens should only be used as a substitute. However like Jack Clarke earlier in the season, that role of being a sub can eventually turn into a starting role, that could then lead you to become quite an important player. Clarke has been a revelation for Leeds this season and Stevens can lay down some roots ahead of an even bigger role next term if Bielsa decide’s to unleash him a bit more over the coming weeks.
Stevens will enter the final year of his contract in the summer, but Leeds do have the option to extend it by a further 12 months.