Izzy Brown finally made his Leeds United debut against Queen’s Park Rangers in midweek, but Whites manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted introducing him was an “extreme” decision.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder officially moved on loan to the Elland Road outfit from Chelsea in late August, while he was still recovering from a cruciate knee ligament rupture.
Brown has now returned to full fitness and came on for the final nine minutes of Leeds’ 1-0 defeat to QPR but struggled to make any impact.
The Whites have been hit by several injuries throughout the season, with the latest being centre forward Kemar Roofe’s knee problem.
Patrick Bamford has only just returned from a long spell on the sidelines, so Brown’s return has given Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa extra options upfront.
However, the Argentine admitted that the Chelsea man had little chance of impacting the game against QPR.
“In this kind of game it was hard for Izzy Brown to play well with short spaces he couldn’t combine and use the association play,” he told Leeds Live.
“The minutes he played showed this kind of game was not for his features.
“Of course I’m not saying he’s responsible for it and I am surprised you are asking me this question because Tyler Roberts and Pablo Hernandez were leading the team after the first minutes of the second half.”
Bielsa then revealed that he made the decision to introduce Brown as something of a last resort in a bid to change Leeds’ fortunes.
“The decision to put Izzy Brown in was an extreme decision to try to change the result,” he said.
“I don’t think I should have put him in before.
“I did the change to try to make something different, but he had few possibilities to change the development of the game.
“If you look at the game, the player who took us closer to the goal was Tyler Roberts and he has completely different features to Izzy Brown.”
Leeds got back to winning ways on Friday night with an impressive 4-0 victory over West Brom, with Brown an unused substitute.