By Mark Smith

1st Dec, 2019 | 8:00am

MOT View: Bielsa switch could hint at Leeds change v Huddersfield

Leeds United’s 4-0 victory against Middlesbrough was almost the perfect performance from Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Goals from Patrick Bamford, Mateusz Klich (2), and Helder Costa saw the Whites stroll to their fifth win on the bounce in the Championship.

The only negative was Kalvin Phillips picking up his fifth booking of the season, meaning he will miss the trip to Huddersfield next time out.

Phillips only had to get through Saturday’s clash without picking up a card to take his disciplinary record off the edge of a one-game suspension.

There was a sense of disappointment around Elland Road as the Yorkshire Pirlo went through Dael Fry. It was a poor challenge to make in his situation, with Leeds not in any trouble in the game.

Attention will quickly change to who could fill his boots in the Yorkshire derby. Marcelo Bielsa could have given the biggest hint as to what might happen in that clash towards the end of the game.

Gaetano Berardi replaced Phillips in the final 10 minutes, a switch that saw Ben White move into midfield.

We believe the Brighton loanee could the perfect replacement for Phillips. White has already demonstrated how calm he is in possession, and that could be a valuable trait to have at the base of midfield.

The 22-year-old has completed an average of 59.8 passes per game [WhoScored] – the most in the entire Leeds squad – and he still holds the third-best average of players who have started games this season [85.5%].

Bielsa trialing White in midfield for the final 10 minutes in a low-risk situation could tease how he is already planning for the trip to Huddersfield.

The Leeds boss confirmed after the win against Boro that White was a “serious option” to fill the massive gap left by Phillips [Adam Pope] – another hint he could be one to step up.

In other Leeds news, MOT View: Klich back to his best – Leeds player ratings v Middlesbrough