Leeds United confirm starting XI v Barnsley: Liam Cooper and Luis Sinisterra start
Leeds United have confirmed their starting XI for their Carabao Cup tie against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley at Elland Road on Wednesday evening.
Jesse Marsch has made eight changes to his Leeds United team that beat Chelsea 3-0 at Elland Road on Sunday.
Luis Sinisterra comes in to make his first start for Leeds, with Dan James, Brenden Aaronson and Jack Harrison all named on the bench.
Liam Cooper also comes in to make his first start of the season after returning from injury.
He plays alongside 18-year-old defender Leo Hjelde.
Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw replace Tyler Adams and Marc Roca in the centre of midfield.
In attack Crysencio Summerville, Sam Greenwood and Sinisterra will play behind Joe Gelhardt who has replaced Rodrigo.
How much weight should Marsch place on a cup run this season?
We saw last season Crystal Palace enjoy a fantastic run to the FA Cup semi-final and that could well be an achievement that the American should try and emulate.
It is clear that rotation is required in the early rounds for Leeds, particularly after the startling amount of ground the Whites covered in their demolition of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side on Sunday (21 August) afternoon.
However, if Leeds can progress a couple of rounds in the EFL Cup or FA Cup, then there should be no reason why Marsch shouldn’t fancy a shot at making a semi-final or final.
The crucial thing this season is that the Whites have depth to call upon, so players can stand up to the stresses and strain of the high intensity that they operate at under Marsch.
The Elland Road faithful will be delighted with a competitive Premier League season and potentially a top-half finish.
Yet, the club are without a major trophy since 1992, so a cup run for Leeds would certainly make the season more interesting.
It is clear that Marsch is still developing this side, and that the prospect of a successful cup run may be a long way off, but the American should certainly be looking to go through a couple of rounds before deciding his priorities for the season ahead.