By Mark Smith

24th Aug, 2022 | 10:10am

Nine big changes, Luis Sinisterra first start: Predicted Leeds United starting XI v Barnsley

Leeds United leave the Premier League behind in midweek to take on local rivals Barnsley in the EFL Cup at Elland Road on Wednesday evening.

Jesse Marsch will ring the changes after the 3-0 win against Chelsea which saw the Whites run their London rivals into the ground with ease.

With certain injuries still just holding some faces back, the American may be forced to keep a couple of faces in his side from the weekend, although most will be rested ahead of Brighton.

Kristoffer Klaesson will get his first start of the season, with Marsch himself admitting over the weekend that he will be going nowhere despite the arrival of Joel Robles.

Two faces will keep their spots in the back four at Elland Road, with Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk pairing each other in the heart of defence to keep up their form.

Leo Hjelde will jump in at left-back with Junior Firpo still ruled out, and Cody Drameh will also come in on the right-hand side with Rasmus Kristensen rested.

It feels weird to say, but Leeds finally have depth in midfield right now.

Tyler Adams and Marc Roca ran themselves into the ground against Chelsea and should be given the night off completely, with Darko Gyabi coming onto the bench.

That means Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw will start as that midfield two, with Marsch likely happy to have two experienced heads available to him in reserve.

Finishing that midfield three in the central attacking role will be Sam Greenwood, who has been used in deep positions in recent months.

Wow, this front three has us licking our lips.

Luis Sinisterra will finally get his first full competitive start for the club, recovering from his hamstring issue picked up in pre-season to hopefully cause carnage for Barnsley.

On the opposite flank will be more flair and pace with Crysencio Summerville likely raring to get stuck into 90 minutes of action with our local rivals likely fearful.

Joe Gelhardt will start as our number nine, even if Patrick Bamford has recovered, he has to be rested to make sure that he gets back to 100% after yet another injury.

Let’s hope this XI can get the job done easily with little need for big changes throughout.

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