Predicted XI v West Brom: Berardi and Hernandez to start final match, Llorente rested
Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi could both play their final match for Leeds United against West Brom on Sunday.
The club announced on Friday that the pair will leave at the end of the season, having barely featured this term.
Berardi made his comeback from injury in a 45-minute mid-week appearance at Southampton, helping the Whites keep a clean sheet.
Meanwhile, Hernandez was involved at the beginning of the season but he has seen his game time decline gradually as the campaign has gone on, and he has not started a game since November.
We predict that will change this weekend however, as Elland Road will host fans for the first time this year.
And what better way for Berardi and Hernandez to get the send-off they deserve by playing in front of supporters who adore them, particularly Hernandez.
He has been our best player for each of the last three years, this season excluded, and he will be fondly remembered for his role in improving Leeds and finally getting us back to the Premier League.
More news arrived on Friday in the form of Diego Llorente, with Bielsa confirming his absence from the matchday squad ahead of the arrival of West Brom [Adam Pope].
The Argentine shared his fear that Llorente could aggravate the injury which kept him out for most of the season.
Robin Koch suffered that fate recently and with just one game left in the season Bielsa does not want to risk a setback that could keep Llorente out long-term.
Berardi is an obvious replacement for the Spaniard and he could reunite with his trusted partner Liam Cooper for one last time.
Gjanni Alioski and could also be playing his final game for the club with his future up in the air, so he too should maintain his place.
The same can be said of Kiko Casilla, who impressed against Southampton.
Hernandez’s inclusion could mean either Rodrigo or Dallas drop out, but given the latter has barely missed a minute we predict Bielsa will pick him.
However, given the boss is keen to rest players it is possible Dallas will miss out, though we predict Jack Harrison will be named on the bench instead.
And that could mean a first league start of the season for Ian Poveda at last.
With those three changes in mind, here is our predicted line-up in reaction to Friday’s news.
In other Leeds United news, Alan Brazil has shared a transfer claim as Ray Parlour admits he was wrong about Leeds star.