Leeds United head into their final game of the season against Brentford today, looking to pick up a result that will see them avoid relegation.
The Whites gave themselves a major lifeline with a late draw against Brighton last Sunday, while Burnley and Everton both lost their games either side of Leeds’.
The final day of the season sees Leeds travel to Brentford, who have been very impressive on their maiden Premier League campaign, most recently coming from behind to beat the nine-man Toffees.
Jesse Marsch can take positives from his side’s performance against Brighton, knowing they can go to West London and pick up the result they need to guarantee survival.
Here, we take a look at two players who we think have a point to prove to Marsch in this game…
It’s safe to say that there was only one striker in the Brighton draw that looked like a £27million man, and it wasn’t the one who we paid that much for.
Rodrigo has always been a lively player when we build up in attack, finding space to receive the ball with ease, but the issue is what he’s been doing with it more often than not.
He was far too casual in possession against a Brighton midfield quick to snuff out danger, and when you’re not at 100% in those situations, you get caught out easily.
He could have slipped in Jack Harrison for a first-half chance, and as he dawdled, Brighton recovered the ball and broke quickly, to eventually score through Danny Welbeck.
Rodrigo has improved a lot overall under Marsch, but he needs to do far more than what he managed at Elland Road.
Should Gelhardt be guaranteed to start now?
This potential relegation won’t be hurting any player more than it is Phillips, because this is his club.
However, there were times during the Brighton match when the game was passing him by and he was doing little to impose himself on it.
Yves Bissouma was on top of every loose ball and it was the type of display that we need to see from our main midfielder.
Whether it’s tired legs coming back from injury or something else, it was frustrating to see him as a shell of his previous self.
That said, as Leeds dominated, he got back into his mojo and was winning every tackle and a major part of how we controlled the game.
The mood shifted and you could see the moment his tail was up, and we need that level against Brentford.