By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

17th Mar, 2022 | 7:40am

Sky Sports pundit moots two Jesse Marsch changes to Leeds United XI for clash v Wolves

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Paul Robinson has mooted one or two changes to the Leeds United starting line-up when they face Wolves at Molineux on Friday night.

Jesse Marsch won his first game in charge of the Whites last week when they beat Norwich 2-1 at Elland Road.

Robin Koch was dropped to the bench for that game and Robinson has suggested he could come in to replace Pascal Struijk at centre-back.

Patrick Bamford went off at half-time in the win over Norwich and if the striker isn’t fit enough to play against Wolves on 18 March, Robinson feels that Joe Gelhardt is the right replacement for him.

“The only surprise for the Norwich game was that after Pascal Struijk’s performance [against Aston Villa], I’m surprised Robin Koch didn’t play alongside Diego Llorente,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

“But, for me, I think the team stays as it is.

“It’s a team that will be buoyed in confidence and there are not a lot of changes you can make.

If you look at the bench, there are not a lot of players that you would bring into that starting line-up unless Koch goes into that centre-half role alongside Llorente.

If Bamford doesn’t play then Gelhardt plays. You’d keep your team’s shape the same but with Bamford there as the head of the Christmas tree formation, they looked a lot more organised.

If Bamford doesn’t play, I wouldn’t play Dan James there or go back to a front four.

Marsch played a 4-2-4 against Villa and against Leicester and it just didn’t work going forward.

I think just having that focal point up top, if Bamford wasn’t to play, I would play with Gelhardt from the start.”

Struijk, 22, has been a regular for Leeds this season, playing 24 times in all competitions.

However, the left-footed centre-back’s form has dipped lately and Marsch may well want to make a change against Wolves in order to keep his side fresh.

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