Steve Evans has beaten the ‘two Leeds managers until Christmas’ joke and is impressing sections of Leeds fans with his humility and burgeoning love for the club. He has also raised spirits in the fans with his vibrancy and man-management approach. Evans also gives players such as Casper Sloth a lift with a kind word.
23-year old Dane Sloth, signed by Leeds United from Aarhus before the start of the 2014/15 Championship season for a fee of around £560,000 has found it hard to break into a Leeds United midfield packed with quality such as Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and, at times, Sam Byram. He’s fallen behind players like Luke Murphy and, due to this, hasn’t featured for the first team this season. Last season, his first in English football, the young Dane made 13 appearances for Leeds United (six as substitute), accruing 629 minutes of game time and making one assist for the Whites.
However, Sloth has been featuring regularly for the Under-21 side and has put in some sterling performances, including featuring as one of the over-age players in Monday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Thorp Arch. It was his performance in this game that caught boss Steve Evans’ eye, what the Leeds head coach saw he liked. Speaking to a press conference, quoted in Inside Futbol, Evans hinted that he was pleased with what he saw from Sloth saying, “For the first time Casper Sloth looked like he was a player and he controlled a lot of the good things that we did.”
Whilst he has undoubtedly been out of favour in his Leeds career so far, maybe his catching of Steve Evans’ eye has come at the right time what with the busy Festive period where Leeds have a number of games in close succession, the next two being against Nottingham Forest (A) on December 27 and against Derby (H) on December 29.