MOT View: Four out injured for Leeds v Blackburn but 28y/o is still biggest loss
As expected, Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Eddie Nketiah, Ezgjan Alioski, Jamie Shackleton and Adam Forshaw are all out for Leeds United against Blackburn on Saturday.
A Leeds training video, published yesterday, showed all four players missing from action and in his pre-match press conference on Thursday (live in the LUFC app, 12.30pm) Bielsa confirmed the players would miss the Championship clash.
Barry Douglas, who we spotted in training, is available for selection, which means Bielsa has options on the left side.
Stuart Dallas, Leif Davis or Douglas could all play at left-back on Saturday, while Jack Harrison was tasked with patrolling the whole left side in the 2-0 win against QPR.
Bielsa indicated that he was impressed with Davis’ cameo off the bench against QPR, although he nodded in approval in the press conference rather than bellowing, “Very good Davis”.
All four missing players are key to Leeds, but Adam Forshaw, 28, is the biggest ongoing loss.
He offers Leeds something really different in midfield – both going forward and defending, and there’s no obvious replacement.
Leeds have been doing okay without him but he’s the sort of player who has a big impact on the side without the visibility of goals or clean sheets to back up what he does on the pitch.
We doubt Davis will get a start, regardless of how impressive he’s been, but he should make the bench again. Bielsa will likely start with the same backline on Saturday, although it will be interesting to see what role Harrison is given and where Dallas ends up playing.
Dallas moved almost immediately to midfield against QPR and the new formation worked well for Leeds.
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