Leeds United have a rare rest this week, after playing Aston Villa on Saturday and not playing again until the West Ham clash on Monday. 

Hopefully, that will give them a chance to clear the heads after a very flat performance against Villa.

Mateusz Klich is still limping anonymously through games, while Helder Costa and Jack Harrison are taking it in turns to flop on the wing.

Raphinha is the one bright spark at the moment, with Illan Meslier proving that he deserves to keep the gloves.

We think Harrison will get the nod against West Ham. Costa had his chance and didn’t take it against Villa. That’s the first change.

The big question in terms of fitness is whether Kalvin Phillips will be back.

He’s missed the past four games but we’re going to assume that he will be fit for Monday’s game.

That will mean Pascal Struijk dropping out of the side.

Diego Llorente is starting to live up to his price tag and should partner Liam Cooper at the back. Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling can play in their normal full-back roles.

We’ve heard nothing about Rodrigo so we’re assuming he won’t be fit to play.

That means no respite for Mateusz Klich and but we think it’s time for Pablo Hernandez – on a reported £19k-a-week – to get his first start since November, and just his third of the Premier League under Bielsa.

That means Tyler Roberts dropping to the bench after failing to take his big opportunity. That could have repercussions in the summer.

This is the starting XI we expect Bielsa to put out against West Ham…

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