A much-changed Leeds United side produced a very decent performance away at Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night – with a late goal sending the home side through.
Jesse Marsch handed out a number of debuts and gave several fringe players a chance. And Leeds went on to more than hold their own against their Premier League rivals.
A defeat is not the end of the world for the Whites with survival in the Premier League the main priority. And there were a number of things that could be taken from the display.
With that in mind, here are three talking points from the game…
Under-21 stars ready for first-team chances
On paper, Leeds’ lineup looked a lot weaker than Wolves when the announcements came. However, the likes of Sonny Perkins, Darko Gyabi and Mateo Joseph did not look out of place at all at Molineux.
Gyabi was incredibly composed in the middle of the park. Meanwhile, Joseph and Perkins were the standout performers in attack.
Leeds have plenty of young options in the final third right now. But Jesse Marsch can now be confident that several more of the best under-21 prospects are ready for the step-up.
Jack Harrison needs to come off set-pieces
It has been a difficult time for Jack Harrison of late. And one thing that has probably not helped him is the burden of taking so many of our set-pieces.
The routine involving him and Brenden Aaronson has not worked for some time, it seems. And Harrison went on to take one of the worst free-kicks you will ever see during the second-half – after doing brilliantly to win the free-kick himself.
Moments later, Sam Greenwood produced a delicious ball into the box that Nathan Collins did well to head away from danger.
Leo Hjelde should jump up the pecking order
Diego Llorente had a major opportunity to impress after losing his place this season. However, it was Leo Hjelde alongside him who shone at Molineux.
The Norwegian was excellent for the large majority of the game. And there is an argument that more fans would rather see Hjelde come in if needed rather than Llorente.