The Athletic’s Leeds United reporter Phil Hay has suggested that the reason behind Mateusz Bogusz’ absences for the club this season, are simply due to the fact that Marcelo Bielsa prefers other members of the club’s Under 23s squad to the Polish midfielder.

Much was expected of Bogusz following his move to Elland Road from Polish side Ruch Chrozow back in the 2019 January transfer window, but things have not exactly gone as planned for the 18-year-old.

Bogusz has made just one senior appearance for the Whites – in a League Cup clash with Stoke last August – and even the expansion of matchday squads following the season’s recent resumption hasn’t been enough for the teenager to force himself back into contention.

That is something that Hay believes is not exactly a good sign for Bogusz, as discussing the Pole’s absence in a QandA on The Athletic, Hay said: “I’m not aware of Bogusz being injured so you can only surmise that he’s further down the list of 23s who Bielsa rates.”

That is something that appears to have come as a bit of a surprise to Hay, as he continued: “There was a feeling last summer that he might step it up this season but it hasn’t happened.

“Not entirely sure why he’s so far out of the picture.”

You could certainly understand it if Bogusz was worried about his current individual situation at Leeds.

Bielsa is not generally a manager to change his mind when it comes to his team selections, so it already looks as though Bogusz could be facing an uphill battle at Leeds.

The frustration he may well be feeling will likely only be enhanced by the fact that he is also watching other young players move ahead of him in the first-team pecking order at Leeds, serving both as a reminder of where he could be right now, and increasing the possibility of Bogusz being somewhat forgotten about in the Under 23s.

However, at 18-year-old and with a year remaining on his contract at Elland Road, there is still plenty of time Bogusz to get his career back on track, be that at Leeds or elsewhere.