After 3 losses in 4 in the league, it’s time for Leeds to put another run of wins together, starting at the New York stadium on Saturday against Rotherham. But who will be starting for the Whites?
GK – Kiko Casilla – There’s no way Kiko came from sitting on the bench in Madrid to sit on the bench in Rotherham, especially with his wages. It’s a shame he won’t have Jansson in front of him, but we could really use a strong start and a clean sheet from Kiko.
Into the defence…
RB – Luke Ayling – I would be tempted to drop Ayling for Shackleton due to his very poor form at the minute, but Bielsa is likely to stick with one of his favourites.
CB – Aapo Halme – With the suspension of Pontus Jansson the options are limited, but I’d rather play players in their natural position and Halme has looked good whenever he’s been on the pitch, including a top performance for the U23s at Tadcaster.
CB – Liam Cooper – Not at his best against Stoke, he’ll need to lead by example with Jansson out.
LB – Gjanni Alioski – Douglas may be back for Norwich, but expect Alioski to continue for now. There hasn’t been any downgrade here whilst Douglas has been out, to be fair.
Into the midfield…
CDM – Kalvin Phillips – At last we get to welcome KP back to the role he made his own all season, we’ve missed his range of passing massively.
CM – Adam Forshaw – Forshaw isn’t the most attacking minded of midfielders but this is where Bielsa was playing him in preseason before he got injured and Klich emerged. Speaking of Klich, it’s obvious that he needs a rest at this point.
CAM – Pablo Hernandez – You don’t see Pablo put in two poor performances in a row very often, so expect to see him at his natural best in Rotherham.
Into the attack…
RW – Jack Clarke – Clarke was the quietest he’s ever been away to Stoke, mainly due to being doubled up on every time he got near the ball. With all due respect to Rotherham, they aren’t very good and I’d expect Clarke to run riot.
LW – Jack Harrison – As mentioned on the excellent Square Ball Podcast, if Harrison is ever going to come to life for Leeds, why not on his return to (the) New York (Stadium).
ST – Kemar Roofe – Roofe will be hoping for much better service on Saturday than he had last week and it has been a while since we absolutely hammered a team, bring on the 6-0 win.
Let us know what team you’d go with!