Former Leeds United striker and BBC Radio Leeds commentator Noel Whelan has said to Football Insider that loanee Izzy Brown is unlikely to play for the club again after he was left out of Marcelo Bielsa’s matchday squad once again on Friday.
Leeds United brought Izzy Brown in on loan from Chelsea during the summer transfer window, but owing to injury and the emergence of Tyler Roberts in the number 10 role, he has made just one substitute appearance for the club’s first-team.
The Chelsea youngster joined the club while he was still recovering from a cruciate ligament injury he suffered in January 2018 while on loan with Brighton. His time on the sidelines was extended when he suffered a hamstring injury in November.
But, upon his return to fitness, Brown has failed to make his way into Bielsa’s first-team plans at Leeds United.
Now, Noel Whelan has said that he believes it is unlikely that Brown will play for the Leeds first-team again, with his loan spell at Elland Road set to come to an end at the end of the 2018/19 Championship season.
“Izzy Brown will be hurting and frustrated, but he hasn’t convinced Bielsa and time is running out for him,” Whelan said to Football Insider.
“When we lost Samuel Saiz, we needed another player to come into that number 10 role.
“A lot of people thought it would be Brown once he got fully fit, but Tyler Roberts looks a lot sharper and has kept him out of that position.
“Clearly, Marcelo Bielsa has not seen enough from him Brown training or in the Under-23s games [to select him]. You have got to show the manager why you deserve to be picked, and Brown hasn’t done that.
“Bielsa doesn’t make many changes and has stuck by these players so far this season. Given that Brown can’t get in the squad, it would take a major change now with promotion hanging in the balance. It seems he’s unlikely to play for Leeds ever again.”
The attacker has proved to be a valuable asset for Championship clubs previously, featuring frequently for Huddersfield and Rotherham United in the second tier. However, he has not had the chance to do the same at Elland Road after playing just nine minutes of football for Leeds.
And, with his loan spell with the club highly unlikely to be extended into next season, he may well have played his last first-team game for the club.