Leeds United face Wolves on Friday Night Football and will be looking for revenge following the 1-0 defeat suffered at Elland Road in the reverse.
Speedy winger Adama Traore only came on for the last 25 minutes of that game but he’s back in favour with Nuno.
He’s started eight of the last nine games and could be set to give our left-back some real problems at Molineux.
That position is an issue for us with Gjanni Alioksi – more of a winger at heart – exposed against Arsenal by Bukayo Saka.
Alioski was hauled off early in the second half and 20-year-old Niall Huggins came on for his first-team debut. He played in midfield, right-back and left-back before the game ended and he did a fantastic job.
We really don’t like the idea of Alioski against Traore.
Stuart Dallas is going to be needed in midfield, with Rodrigo still likely to be missing.
Huggins has proved he’s up to speed and we think that he should be unleashed by Bielsa for his full debut on Friday.
Do we think it’s likely?
Bielsa is happy to use young players if he thinks they’re ready. After the Arsenal game, he said: “It’s very difficult and unfair on a young player like Niall to come into the game in these circumstances where we’re losing 4-0 and to participate in trying to get us back into the game. Had a balanced game. He didn’t shine, but did not do anything bad either.”
That’s pretty good praise from Bielsa.
Huggins played 45 minutes in the Under-23s game on Monday when he put in another exciting display. It means he will be ready to go if needed on Friday.
MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson tipped him for the first-team after solid outings for the Under-23s last year.
Robinson said, “He’s a very good player who’s performed really well in the Under-23s this season. I’ve seen a bit of him actually.”
Huggins has already shown he’s got a head on his shoulders after making his debut in a real baptism of fire against Arsenal.
We think he’s ready for another against Traore on Friday. If he doesn’t play, we think Alioski will have big problems.
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