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‘It’s a tricky situation’ – Marcelo Bielsa faces somewhat surprising Leeds United selection dilemma: Our View

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Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Pascal Struijk should be fit enough to feature for Leeds United this weekend against Brentford.  

Leeds also have Junior Firpo pushing for another recall after an improved display against Crystal Palace.

Bielsa, then, has a selection decision to make at left-back when it comes to Leeds locking horns with Brentford.

Kris (FA5) and Alfie (N12) discuss who should play:

It’s a tricky situation we find ourselves in because Pascal Struijk has been immense, and if he’s fit, it would be very harsh to drop him.

On the other hand, you have to credit Junior Firpo for his second half against Palace, because he looked a key part of why we grew back into the game later on.

The issue we have against Brentford is that we could well be playing in a 3-3-1-3 setup, which lends itself to someone more competent in the attacking third, which we know Firpo is.

As much as Struijk should be in the starting lineup one way or another, I think Firpo ought to get the nod if it’s a toss-up between the pair for one spot.

I’d be starting both given that Leeds are going to be reverting to 3-3-1-3 to combat Brentford’s front two.

That decision allows Kalvin Phillips to stay in the midfield, which is always key to Leeds putting in a good performance.

Struijk slots into the back-three with Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente, pushing Firpo on to support Dan James on the left.

Firpo has had a tough time since he arrived at Elland Road, but he impressed me against Palace, offering an outlet on the left.

Struijk, meanwhile, speaks for himself. He’s been superb wherever he’s been asked to play, so if he’s fit, it’s a no-brainer he starts.

People are bang against the 3-3-1-3 system, but I quite like it when round pegs go in round holes.

Getting both Struijk and Firpo in the same side helps that happen this weekend.

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