Jesse Marsch was already short on potential options at left-back heading into the new season, with Stuart Dallas set to remain on the sidelines for at least a few months following a serious injury he picked up last campaign.
However, things got a whole lot worse during pre-season as Junior Firpo, his only senior option with Premier League experience at left-back, picked up a hamstring injury which will see him miss at least eight weeks.
Therefore, who will start at left-back against Wolves on the opening day of the season remains unclear, although Sobot believes 18-year-old Hjelde could be in with a shout.
Who would you rather start for Leeds?
Writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “Leif Davis would appear to be the most natural of those [left-back] options and Marsch has admitted himself that the 22-year-old is more or less on trial for the role upon his return from last season’s loan spell at Bournemouth and now Firpo’s injury.
“But very exciting 18-year-old Leo Hjelde is another strong option in the position, even if there is a suspicion that the Norwegian youth international is seen at his very best at centre-back.”
TIF Thoughts on Leeds’ left-back options…
While Hjelde may well be an exciting option for Leeds, he’s only played 226 minutes worth of first-team action since he joined last summer from Celtic, where he ended up failing to make a first-team appearance.
So for Marsch to ask him to step in and fill the gap left by Firpo against Premier League opposition would be a very risky and left-field decision.
And with Davis since leaving for Ipswich Town, perhaps Sobot’s hunch will turn out to be correct.