Youngster Tom Lees could make his first start for Leeds United on Saturday after a dazzling debut in their Carling Cup derby victory over City.

The right back supplied the cross for Ross McCormack’s equaliser only a few minutes after coming off the bench as the Championship side went on to win 3-2.

His emergence at Elland Road comes after successful loans to Accrington Stanley and Bury, where he helped the Shakers to promotion from League Two last season.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson now appears ready to hand the 20-year-old his first start against Middlesbrough after being impressed by his two loan spells as well as his midweek cameo.

Grayson said: “He’s shown immense potential with his performance and we’ll have to see what we do with him. It’s food for thought.

“I was quoted a few weeks ago as saying that he went out on loan as a boy and came back as a man.

“He’s played almost 100 games at Accrington and in a promotion team at Bury and we’ve thought long and hard about the possibility of starting him this season.”

Another midweek first for United saw Robert Snodgrass get off the mark for Scotland on his full debut as he scored the winner in their 2-1 win over Denmark at Hampden Park.

The winger is expected to come straight back into the Leeds side along with Max Gradel and Darren O’Dea, who also missed the Carling Cup tie due to international commitments.

Grayson looks set to restore the trio to the starting line-up against Boro, although forwards Billy Paynter, Luciano Becchio and Davide Somma are all likely to miss out due to injury.