After a run of just one win in the last six and Man United coming up on Sunday, Leeds United really need to get something out of the game against Newcastle on Wednesday.
And we think it’s going to involve a couple of really big changes from a manager who’s not known for shaking things up.
Leeds have been unlucky losing two senior centre-backs to injury at the same time, and Luke Ayling was one of the best players on the pitch against West Ham.
However, Leeds are better – certainly at the back – with Stuart Dallas playing on the left instead of Gjanni Alioski and Ayling on the right.
Set pieces have been a huge problem for Leeds – the West Ham goals on Friday came from two headers, one from a corner and the other from a free-kick – and we think that Pascal Struijk will come in to provide some height at the back.
The 6ft 3in centre-back has had a bit of a torrid time this season but can come in and do a job on Wednesday.
The other big change we think will be made is for Ian Poveda to get his first Premier League start.
He’s been a bit-part player so far this season but has proved he can impact games in his cameo display against Man City.
Jack Harrison – on a reported £45k-a-week at Leeds – was awful against West Ham and Helder Costa was arguably worse when he replaced him at half-time.
Bielsa can rest both of them for the United game and hand Poveda the chance to shine at Elland Road on Wednesday.
Rodrigo will likely start again but Pablo Hernandez is fit and chomping at the bit after a fantastic display for the Under-23s on Sunday.
He’ll be on the bench and we think he’ll get on for his first appearance since getting subbed off against Leicester. We wouldn’t bet against him coming up with a winning contribution, either.
This is the starting XI we think Bielsa will name on Wednesday evening…
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