MOT View: Leeds United can finally see Jesse Marsch's strongest XI v Crystal Palace
One thing Leeds United fans haven’t been able to see in a very long time is their strongest lineup, but that could change against Crystal Palace next week.
Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch after him have both had to deal with an extraordinary number of injuries this season, meaning that Whites fans haven’t seen their strongest team all season.
Patrick Bamford is still out with his plantar fascitis and is unlikely to play again this season, but there is an argument now that he doesn’t make it into the strongest team right now anyway.
Marsch has found an excellent balance in attack with the foursome of Raphinha, Daniel James, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo with goals no longer so hard to come by.
Harrison has scored an impressive seven goals in 2022 so far, while Rodrigo has three in four games.
Raphinha’s creative spark has returned after struggling towards the end of Bielsa’s tenure, while James is currently doing enough on the pitch to stave off competition from young Joe Gelhardt in the side.
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Behind the attack though, Marsch has finally got options to choose from.
Kalvin Phillips is fit again and after coming on as a substitute in the last couple of games, the two week break should see him able to come into the starting line-up against Palace.
There are plenty of options to go alongside him too. Adam Forshaw has been in good form since returning from his own injury issues, while Mateusz Klich and Robin Koch are also in decent form.
Liam Cooper’s return in defence was met with glee by fans as he slotted in seamlessly after months away, while Diego Llorente has had a fine season individually.
Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas have been excellent despite a string of poor results, while Illan Meslier’s reputation has grown in goal too.
For once, there are several starting lineups that make plenty of sense for Leeds. It’s been a long time coming, but the strongest Leeds team is finally a possibility to play together for the fans.
It will give a great insight into the future of what life will look like under Marsch, with little pressure on the result because of the job the manager has done since coming in.
The formation, the personnel, the style and the intensity are likely to be a little different from previous outings, and it’s exactly what the fans have been waiting for.
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