Exclusive: Paul Robinson claims Bielsa will make one big change for clash v Forest
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Paul Robinson has claimed that Marcelo Bielsa will make one change to his side to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
With Kalvin Phillips still out suspended, Robinson has said that Bielsa should put Gaetano Berardi in “to shore up the defence and to give Leeds better protection at set-pieces”.
Berardi has just come back from injury but played a full 45 minutes as planned in the under-23s game on Monday.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Kalvin Phillips is still out for the game against Nottingham Forest, which is a massive game.
“Away from home, I think he will put Gaetano Berardi in the centre of defence alongside Liam Cooper and put Ben White in the holding midfield role.
“That’s something he’s done before and I can see him doing that again to shore things up away from home.
“Having those three players on the pitch will also give extra protection at set-pieces.
“Berardi has been a big part of what Leeds have done this season.
“Cooper’s been injured and Berardi’s been injured and luckily for Leeds they’ve not been injured at the same time so White’s always had a partner.
But now, with Berardi fit, I play Berardi next to Cooper and White in the holding role.”
Leeds have been without Phillips for two games already and they beat Millwall, albeit coming back from two down, and lost to Wigan.
He’s out for one more game at the City Ground on Saturday and we also think it’s time to bring Berardi back in.
We think Gjanni Alioski should be the player to make way, with Stuart Dallas slotting back into the full-back position where he was so impressive earlier in the season.
Alioski is great going forward, less good at defending and Forest away will be a real threat.
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