What will Leeds United look like when they line-up in the Premier League for the first time in 16 years this September?

The truth is, probably not massively different from how they lined up against Charlton in the last game in the Championship for hopefully a long time.

Leeds will make signings, though, and centre-back is the position where they need the most urgent help.

Ben White could yet be a Leeds player next month but we’re going to assume that he’s gone for this piece – anything else would be a massive bonus and if he signs again he would be the first name on the team sheet.

One of the names Leeds have been strongly linked with is centre-back Marcos Senesi – a Feyenoord player who comes from Argentina. We like the look of him and think he could form a solid partnership with Liam Cooper.

The rest of the defence will stay the same, with Stuart Dallas, Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling sitting in front of Illan Meslier in a 4-1-4-1.

Kalvin Phillips won’t be sold this summer and he’ll be the player integral to the Bielsa system in the Premier League.

Jack Harrison and Mateusz Klich will sit in front of Phillips, alongside new signings – Norwich’s Emiliano Buendia and Brentford’s Said Benrahma.

Ollie Watkins is the new striker we can see Leeds signing and it means two Brentford players in the line-up – between them they scored 42 goals and added 12 assists in the Championship last season.

Of course, this is fantasy football. If Watkins and Benrahma did sign, Bielsa would still start Patrick Bamford and Helder Costa in the first game in the top-flight.

Where’s Pablo, we hear you cry! Don’t worry, he’s on the bench as Bielsa manages his time and impact in the Premier League.

This is the line-up we could see becoming the starting XI over time.

In other Leeds United news, ‘BBC Sport understands’ – Major update to Leeds-linked striker after Tuesday action


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