By Daniel Feliciano

3rd Feb, 2023 | 12:10pm

Weston McKennie to make debut, Jesse Marsch makes six changes - Predicted Leeds United XI v Nottingham Forest

Jesse Marsch looks set to make several changes to his Leeds starting lineup for their Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

The Whites return to Premier League action after their 3-1 win in the fourth round of the FA Cup last weekend against Accrington Stanley, and all their attention now turns towards their battle for survival.

But after a successful January transfer window, Marsch has some decisions to make on what his team will look like when they walk out at the City Ground for the big game.

First-choice goalkeeper Illan Meslier got the nod in the cup as Leeds went strong, and he will continue to keep his place in the side so long as he stays fit.

In defence the experienced Luke Ayling has seemingly won back his shirt as the starting right-back ahead of summer signing Rasmus Kristensen and should start again, while January signing Max Wober is likely to get the nod once more.

Robin Koch will start at centre-back too, but whether it’s Pascal Struijk alongside him or Wober, with the other at left-back remains to be seen.

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Marc Roca and Tyler Adams are expected to be fit and raring to start in the heart of the pitch, but they’ll be joined by the new big-name signing Weston McKennie too, to add more energy and quality to the most important area of the pitch.

In attack Jack Harrison was all set for a move to Leicester before the club renegged on a deal and brought him back, while top scorer Rodrigo is out for two months with a serious ankle injury picked up in the FA Cup.

That should see Brenden Aaronson keep his place in the side as one of Marsch’s favourites this season, however there is a big decision to make with the number nine spot.

Leeds spent a club-record fee to bring in Georginio Rutter during the January window for the striker position, but his only outing so far saw him play on the left wing, where Wilfried Gnonto has shone so far this season.

With Joe Gelhardt leaving on loan, Patrick Bamford is the only other alternative and he is in good form with two goals and two assists in three appearances recently.

However Marsch is likely to lean towards Gnonto and Rutter as a duo, looking at the reasons for bringing them in this season to begin with, and that could see Bamford used as an impact sub once again.

Predicted Leeds XI: Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Wober, Struijk; Adams, McKennie, Roca; Aaronson, Gnonto, Rutter.

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