Sky Sports pundit thrilled with early Leeds United team news v Tottenham after Phil Hay reveal
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Paul Robinson is excited to see the possibility of Leeds United having some of their key players return to action against Tottenham on Sunday.
According to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, it is unlikely that Patrick Bamford will be able to play in North London but Luke Ayling, Junior Firpo and Jamie Shackleton may all return.
If Ayling and Firpo are both fit then they can return to the full-back roles, which were occupied by Stuart Dallas and Pascal Struijk in the 1-1 draw against Leicester before the international break.
Robinson is delighted as it means Dallas and Shackleton can provide the extra depth needed in the midfield for the trip to Spurs.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “You’ve seen how much the team has struggled without them.
“Leeds’ squad isn’t big, they’re not blessed with a lot of strength in depth.
“We’ve seen Stuart Dallas play at left-back and right-back, we’ve seen Jamie Shackleton at right-back and they’ve missed both full-backs.
“Without Patrick Bamford they’ve tried Dan James and Jack Harrison up front but they’ve got no direct replacement as a number nine.
“Rodrigo’s played well but then he’s dropped back into the midfield so he hasn’t really established himself as a replacement number nine.
“When Bamford’s fit, he plays. That’s how important he is to the team.
“Leeds have hugely missed their two full-backs.
“Dallas and Shackleton have done well but they’ve been deprived of Dallas in the midfield.
“We know how good and how versatile he is and I think they’ve lacked in the midfield by having him play at full-back.“
Going into their trip to Tottenham, Leeds are unbeaten in three Premier League matches while Spurs haven’t won and haven’t scored in their last three.
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