Marcelo Bielsa has been tipped for a fresh influx of youth talent, as Football Insider understand Whites academy star Mateusz Bogusz is set for a first-team future at Elland Road next season.
The versatile 17-year-old has been working under the Argentine closely this summer during the club’s pre-season programme, and impressed many with his efforts during the first-half of our win over Western Sydney Wanderers.
Fans described the gifted youngster as being ‘something special’, while others felt the Poland youth international displayed an ‘impeccable’ awareness in midfield.
His positive impressions are believed to have rubbed off on Bielsa too, with Football Insider noting that a source within the club understands the Argentine head coach is ready to fast-track Bogusz into his plans in the same way which saw Jack Clarke make his breakthrough last season.
Bogusz is now expected to feature on the substitutes bench against Bristol City at the weekend, as club staff feel the winter arrival from Ruch Chorzow has the technical know-how and maturity on the field to play at least twenty first-team fixtures in 2019/20.
Bielsa had named Bogusz on his bench four times during the recent campaign, including the Play-Off Semi-Final encounters with Derby County, but is yet to hand the 17-year-old, who turns 18 in August, his competitive first-team debut.
Bogusz is unlikely to be the only academy star to earn a senior promotion next term, either, as Alfie McCalmont has likewise been tipped for a first-team role after also joining the first-team for the tour of Australia.
When Bogusz eventually makes his competitive Whites debut, he will offer the boss another option capable of breaking the lines in the opponent’s defence, as well as slotting into the centre of our midfield unit.