Brighton handed boost by return of Enock Mwepu ahead of Leeds clash
Leeds are set to face exciting midfielder Enock Mwepu against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Zambian international was substituted at halftime against Newcastle before the international break due to an injury and then missed last week’s trip to Aston Villa.
However, Seagulls boss Graham Potter has revealed that Mwepu should be fit to feature against the Whites.
“He’s recovered well, he’s trained this week,” Potter said [via SussexLive].
“We need to see how he is tomorrow but he has a really good chance of being in the squad.
“We’ll look at his game time and see how much he can play. He’s been training with us this week, he’s available.”
This is a major boost for Brighton and a blow for Leeds, who are struggling for bodies in midfield themselves.
Mwepu signed for Brighton for £22m from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer and is nicknamed ‘the computer’ because of his ability to read the game well.
Analysis from Breaking the Lines highlights the 23-year-old’s “exceptional” statistical metrics and describes him as a “powerhouse” in midfield – making him the perfect option to help Brighton deal with Leeds’ high intensity approach.
That article compares him to Yaya Toure, proclaiming “an exciting future awaits such a versatile, cultured player”.
Mwepu caught the eye against Liverpool last month as he scored a sensational 25-yard strike to help the Seagulls draw 2-2 at Anfield.
He could certainly cause problems for Leeds if he plays, with Marcelo Bielsa facing a midfield dilemma.
Kalvin Phillips started at centre-back last week due to a shortage of defenders but would surely be the best man to compete with Mwepu in the middle of the park.
In other Brighton team news, Danny Welbeck and Steven Alzate remain sidelined, but goalkeeper Robert Sanchez should return against Leeds after serving a one-game suspension last weekend.
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