Nketiah starts – Confirmed Leeds line-up v West Brom
Marcelo Bielsa has announced an unchanged starting XI for the huge Championship clash against West Brom, as Leeds United look to stay top of the league.
Patrick Bamford is back but only on the bench, which means that Eddie Nketiah gets his second start of the season in what could be his last game for Leeds.
The young striker is expected to return to Arsenal although Leeds haven’t had that confirmed by the Premier League side yet.
Ironically, they’re the next opponents for Leeds as Marcelo Bielsa gets to test his side against the Premier League giants in the FA Cup on Monday.
The team news was announced on the official Leeds Twitter page ahead of the 5.15pm kick-off.
📋 Marcelo names the same Starting XI that featured in the 5-4 win over Birmingham. Patrick is named on the bench after recovering from a dead leg
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 1, 2020
A win or a draw would see Leeds stay top of the Championship with Brentford and Nottingham Forest currently bringing the chase – both were winning at half-time in the 3pm kick-offs.
Fulham are currently behind 2-0 to Reading at Craven Cottage.
Nketiah starting today is very interesting. It’s the first time he’s been selected ahead of a fit Patrick Bamford and it could represent a late bid by Bielsa to convince Arsenal to leave him at Elland Road.
If not, the way the loan is being handled is exemplary and both Leeds and Arsenal deserve props.
The absence of Tyler Roberts after he made the bench for the game against Birmingham is worrying – hopefully he’s just being rested.
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