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Heading into this season, Callum Nicell appeared to be in contention to become the next Leeds academy starlet who forced his way into the first-team at Elland Road.

Nicell was twice picked for the bench under Paul Heckingbottom. He did not get on in either game, but had clearly been earmarked as a player to keep an eye on.

The 19-year-old was handed a new contract in September. It was another indication that he was highly-rated, and he continues to impress for the under-23s.

Unfortunately, that first-team debut now appears to be further away than last season. Marcelo Bielsa has so much depth in midfield, leaving Nicell well down the pecking order.

 

His situation should tempt the youngster to ask for a loan move in January. It could perhaps be the best way for the midfielder to prove a point to Bielsa.

As the season progresses, Bielsa may be less likely to take a chance on a youngster. Nicell could make an impact in League One and show that he can handle the demands of senior football.

Nicell is in danger of becoming a forgotten man at Leeds given the names in front of him. Rolling the dice therefore, and asking to head out on loan could prove to be an inspired move.

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