Many Leeds fans expect senior player to be dropped for clash v Hull: 'Ample sub if required'
Kalvin Phillips is available for selection for Leeds United on Tuesday night after serving a one-match ban at the weekend – and that is going to cause a headache for manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds won their sixth game in a row on Saturday with a 2-0 victory against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield while Phillips was suspended but Bielsa, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, has confirmed that the 23-year-old will start versus Hull City on Tuesday.
However Bielsa is not yet sure who he is going to drop to accommodate Phillips in his starting line-up, leading to a discussion on Twitter about who the unfortunate player is going to be.
Plenty of Leeds fans have claimed that Gaetano Berardi could be the player who is dropped.
Berardi, 31, was in the defence as Leeds kept a clean sheet away at Huddersfield with Ben White moving into Phillips’ defensive midfield role.
Leeds fans are now expecting White to drop back into the defence with Berardi losing his spot for Phillips.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
— Gary King 💙💛 (@ThisIsGaryKing) December 9, 2019
— premier ed🏆 (@_ed19) December 9, 2019
— Alfio (@kauaibubde) December 9, 2019
— Rio32LUFC_ ⚡️ (@Rio32LUFC_) December 9, 2019
A few supporters have agreed with suggested starting line-ups that show that Berardi has been dropped to make way for Phillips.
It is such a tough decision for Bielsa because Berardi has not exactly done anything wrong but this change is certainly on the cards for the Elland Road showdown with Hull.
That’s the team for me. Alioski in for his pace, stamina and goal threat.
— Trevor Carey (@trevorcarey1982) December 9, 2019
Berardi I think.
— Talk About Leeds 🏆 (@talkaboutlufc) December 9, 2019
I agree. The choice would be Beradi or Alioski. Alioski had a good game against Hudds so be surprised if drops him
— Mark Taylor (@MarkTaylor1979) December 9, 2019
I like that. Berardi an ample sub if required too
— Ross D 🏆🥇💛💙 (@news_leeds) December 9, 2019
Fully expect Kalvin Phillips to return tonight. Don't think Phillips has been quite as good as last season but the lack of control in midfield on Saturday was obvious. Think Gjanni Alioski deserves to keep his place so I'd say Stuart Dallas or Gaetano Berardi will miss out.
— Stephen Barry (@StephenBarry20) December 10, 2019
In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit claims that Leeds will struggle to keep hold of one “outstanding” player next year.