Leeds United fans want Jamie Shackleton to start against Arsenal on Sunday.

Marcelo Bielsa suggested that Kalvin Phillips is a doubt for the Emirates clash, and if he fails a late fitness test he may have to shuffle his starting line-up.

There is a discussion taking place among fans over what the Argentine should do.

Phillips will be a big miss if he is out but we do have a number of options to take his place, fortunately.

Bielsa picked Pascal Struijk in the defensive midfield role recently against Brighton.

However, the 21-year-old has performed a lot better at centre-back in recent games and it would be a risk to unsettle the defence, even though that’s probably his most likely option.

Luke Ayling would have to slot in at centre-back and Stuart Dallas would have to come back from midfield.

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Shackleton could be deployed at full-back in his place or in midfield as a replacement for Phillips.

There is also an option to drop Mateusz Klich deeper as we saw in matches against Burnley and Leicester this season.

Bielsa must make his decision based on the threat of Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe.

We feel Shackleton’s energy can combat the clever positions Smith-Rowe takes up, and he deserves a chance at his second start after acting as back-up so often this term.

That would allow the Whites to keep the same back four which looked so assured against Crystal Palace.

Here is what some Leeds fans think Bielsa should do.

In other Leeds United news, Bielsa delivers Kalvin Phillips update as three Leeds attackers ruled out of clash v Arsenal.


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