Niall Huggins made his senior debut for Leeds United in the 4-2 defeat against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Whites were poor defensively in the first half as they went down 3-0 at the break.
After Mikel Arteta’s side went 4-0 up, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completing a hat-trick, Huggins was brought on for his professional debut in the 53rd minute, replacing Gianni Alioski.
The 20-year-old versatile young player put in a solid performance that inspired Leeds to make a strong comeback with goals coming from Pascal Struijk and Helder Costa.
Bielsa said after the game, as quoted by Leeds Live:
“The absences of Kalvin, Koch, Llorente, Poveda, Moreno, we are prepared to resolve them. I insist that Pascal, Ayling and Shackleton resolved well with these absences.
“It’s very difficult and unfair on a young player like Niall to come into the game in these circumstances where we’re losing 4-0 and to participate in trying to get us back into the game. Had a balanced game. He didn’t shine, but did not do anything bad either.”
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He has been constantly performing well for the Leeds under-23 side this season, and the future looks very bright for him.
The full-back penned a contract at the club till 2023, and he can expect to get more first-team appearances going forward with several key Leeds players are missing through injuries.