By Pranav Shahaney

31st Oct, 2021 | 8:10am

Pascal Struijk expected to start in Leeds United back three v Norwich

Leeds United are likely to bring Pascal Struijk in to form a back three against Norwich on Sunday, according to Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

The Whites are on the back of a disappointing defeat against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup and will be looking to get back to winning ways against the bottom side Norwich.

In his Q&A building up to the game, Hay shared some team news and made a claim about Struijk.

He wrote, “There’s no Bamford again today and no Ayling either but Raphinha should be involved and Phillips is fine after his outing at Arsenal.

“We’ll probably be looking at a back three because Norwich have started using two up front so no surprise if Pascal Struijk comes into the team.”

Good move?

We’ve seen Marcelo Bielsa opt for a 3-3-1-3 system on numerous occasions during his time at Elland Road and before he moved to England.

It’s something that’s given him great success in the past and helps him play his man-to-man defending style.

The switch from a 4-1-4-1 is often seen when he comes up against teams that are likely to start with two strikers, which is what Daniel Farke normally does.

Struijk, who has been labelled as “magnificent” by Tony Dorigo [Leeds official website], is expected to perform well in a back three.

Given the fact that the Canaries are yet to win a game, it’s imperative that Leeds start the game strongly and take an early lead.

Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha’s return is a major welcome boost and one that Bielsa must capitalise on.

Without his two best players, the team have looked like a shadow of their original selves and it’s time that they go on a run and pick up some crucial wins.

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