Leeds United’s Under-23 side suffered a 2-0 loss to Barnsley on Monday afternoon, in what was a bitterly disappointing performance from Carlos Corberan’s side.
Goals from Amir Benkovits and Roman Palmer earned all three points for Barnsley. That is despite the Tykes sitting bottom of the Professional Development League, and Leeds at the top.
Here are three things we learned from the defeat:
Brown needs time
Izzy Brown was substituted in the first half, clutching what looked like his hamstring. Even starting the match, the Chelsea loanee was taped up.
An ACL injury is not just about healing the ligament. That long on the sidelines means muscles deteriorate, match sharpness non-existent. It’s going to be a while before we see Brown in a Leeds shirt.
Clarke is class
Clarke Odour has been a stand-out performer for the second string in recent weeks – and today was no different. Despite playing from left-back, he was by far Leeds’ biggest threat.
With Marcelo Bielsa watching on, Odour will have done his chances of a promotion to the senior side no harm.
Halme still far from the finished article
The Finnish defender was guilty for Barnsley’s second goal, as his backpass allowed Palmer to score. Though he has impressed in his four senior appearances, there is still a lot of work to be done.
On paper, Bielsa does need a January addition at centre-back, but Halme offers good enough cover – despite his mistake.