MOT View: The starting XI Bielsa should put out v QPR after injury news
It looks like the debate over whether Patrick Bamford or Eddie Nketiah should start for Leeds against QPR will be settled by an injury.
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed today that Bamford hasn’t recovered from an ankle knock he picked up in the 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Bar a miracle recovery, that means Nketiah will get his first Championship start at Elland Road this Saturday – and many fans will be celebrating that.
Bamford is a loss though, no matter what some fans will try and tell you. You don’t want any player in your squad out injured.
There was other injury news as well with both left-backs Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas doubtful for the game this weekend.
And we’ve saved the good news until last, as Pablo Hernandez is fit and available for selection. We’ve really missed him.
That should see Stuart Dallas move back to left-back with Hernandez going straight into the starting line-up.
Liam Cooper is fit so he should start in the centre of derfence.
The big question is where Hernandez plays. He could move into the 10 with Helder Costa on the right and Jack Harrison on the left.
We think he should take Costa’s place, though, with Tyler Roberts coming in as the 10.
Costa hasn’t been great the last few games and Roberts is starting to look sharp again. We need goals and if a combination of Roberts/Hernandez/Nketiah doesn’t get them, we don’t know what will.
For the record, we think Bielsa will play Hernandez in the 10, with both wingers keeping their place. We hope we’re wrong but enforced changes are one thing, making additional ones on top is entirely another for our brilliant manager.
This is the starting XI we’d like to see Bielsa put out at Elland Road.
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