MOT View: Leeds ace set for full debut amid big news; Bielsa will make 1 other change v West Ham
After Leeds United centre-back Robin Koch was spotted in the stands after limping off in the game against Chelsea, it was hoped that his injury wasn’t too bad.
However, that provided a false hope after it was revealed on Tuesday that he was undergoing surgery in London on a knee problem.
He will likely be out until Spring now which is a major blow for Leeds.
📰 Robin Koch will undergo knee surgery for an injury picked up in Saturday's game against Chelsea
— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 8, 2020
It means that Diego Llorente is set to make his first full debut for the club after coming on as a sub against Chelsea.
Llorente is a Spain international and looked good in his first appearance in a Leeds shirt, despite the circumstances.
However, there will be a lot on his shoulders now and Marcelo Bielsa hadn’t wanted him to be rushed into action this quickly.
His words in the pre-Chelsea press conference – saying he hoped nothing happened that accelerated his progress into the first team – makes us think that he knew Koch was surgery waiting to happen.
Koch’s injury was sustained in the Liverpool game so if he has made it through until Llorente is available, that’s heroic stuff.
We don’t think that’s the only change that Bielsa will make for the West Ham game.
Gjanni Alioski is a hugely popular player at Leeds but he was exposed against Chelsea.
Leeds have also really missed the creative spark from Rodrigo in the number 10 position and we think he has to come back in against West Ham.
That will see Stuart Dallas moving back to the left-back spot.
Friday night is a winnable game for Leeds and we think that with Llorente and Rodrigo in the side we will secure the three points at Elland Road.
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