Exclusive: Paul Robinson claims 'adaptable' Leeds player should replace Phillips v Huddersfield
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Paul Robinson believes that loanee centre-back Ben White can play in the holding midfield position for Leeds against Huddersfield on Saturday.
Kalvin Phillips picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 4-0 win against Middlesbrough and that will see him serve a one-game suspension on Saturday.
His loss is a “big blow” according to Robinson, but Marcelo Bielsa has options and the former Leeds keeper thinks White is the best.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Losing Kalvin Phillips is a big blow because we’re away at Huddersfield, which is a Yorkshire Derby. Obviously they’re not doing as well as they would like to, but it’s still going to be a big game.
“What the manager does… whether he brings Alioski back in, shuffles the pack, or whether he plays his most natural holding midfielder, it all depends on how the manager wants to approach the game.
“He may go to a 4-4-1-1, which he has done in the past, he could play Ayling in there, Stuart Dallas in there, we know Dallas can play anywhere. He’s got enough options, it just depends on what system he plays.
“I think with Berardi fit again, Cooper fit again, Ben White could play sitting in front of them, which wouldn’t be a problem for him.
“He’s adaptable, comfortable on the ball and reads the game extremely well – I don’t think Leeds will have a problem if they play him there.”
White stepped up into the defensive midfield spot on Saturday after Bielsa took Phillips off in the 83rd minute.
Gaetano Berardi played in the centre of defence alongside Liam Cooper.
Berardi has played there this season but only when Cooper was out. White has played at centre-back in every league game this season and Leeds have the best defence in the Championship with just 10 goals against. The next best defensive side, Nottingham Forest, has conceded 14 goals.
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