The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Joe Urquhart has suggested that Leeds United should change their formation against Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.
Urquhart claimed that with Lee Johnson opting for two strikers in his formation, Marcelo Bielsa will most likely switch to three-at-the-back at Elland Road.
It was reported that instead of Kalvin Phillips dropping back into defence, Luke Ayling is the leading candidate to move alongside Liam Cooper and Ben White.
Urquhart claimed that Ayling would still play on the right of the back-three, adding that support to Helder Costa when required on the wing.
“With Bristol City opting for two up front Bielsa should go with a back three,” he claimed in his predicted XI.
“Ayling would play on the right side and still support attacks down the flank if required.”
The 28-year-old was back to his best against Brentford after he picked up some critics in the 2-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest, silencing them by keeping the influential Said Benrahma quiet.
One of Ayling’s best performances of the season came against Birmingham. He played in a back-three to nullify the presence of Lukas Jutkiewicz at St Andrews.
The 28-year-old still pushed forward when necessary, scoring once and adding a couple of assists in the crazy 5-4 win in the Midlands. He had two shots and completed two key passes according to WhoScored, as well as making three tackles and two interceptions.
That was proof he can still push forward and create an extra threat whilst keeping things somewhat solid at the back (We did concede four goals after all) – let’s just concentrate on the three points and push for the same on Saturday.
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