By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

29th Sep, 2022 | 9:10am

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has called on Jesse Marsch to make three changes to the Leeds United starting line-up this weekend for the game against Aston Villa.

Leeds will welcome Villa to Elland Road on Sunday (2 October) as they play their first match since the 5-2 defeat to Brentford on 3 October due to fixtures against Nottingham Forest and Manchester United being postponed.

From the team that were beaten at Brentford, Robinson wants at least three changes because he’s urged Marsch to throw Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford back into the starting line-up.

All three players were on the verge of returning from injury before Leeds’ extended break and they’ve also earned match fitness by playing for the Under-21s in Premier League 2.

According to Robinson, summer signing Rasmus Kristensen has done well at Elland Road since his move from Red Bull Salzburg. But he needs to drop out with 31-year-old Ayling coming in.

“Kristensen’s done really well but for me, Ayling, Cooper and Bamford come in. They’ve been the backbone of that team,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

We’ve spoken so much about Leeds needing voices and leaders on the field and they’re three of the biggest characters in the dressing room.

Yes, Kristensen’s done extremely well but if it’s a straight head-to-head between him and Ayling, for me, Ayling plays.

Cooper should come in too because defensively, they’re always susceptible.

If you look at the Brentford game, they were poor defensively so changes have got to be made.

With Ayling and Cooper coming back, it’s the perfect opportunity to put them back into the side.

And with Bamford, it’s always the same. If he’s fit, he plays. It’s as simple as that.”

Ayling, Cooper, Junior Firpo, Crysencio Summerville and Bamford were among the senior players who featured in a 6-2 thrashing of Southampton on 16 September.

Bamford scored a hat-trick in that game while Cooper also managed to get on the scoresheet in a 90-minute long performance to prove his fitness.

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