By Craig Scott

16th Oct, 2022 | 12:10pm

Phil Hay predicts Luis Sinisterra to start in Leeds United v Arsenal as he deliberates who'll be dropped by Jesse Marsch

It would make “absolute sense” for Luis Sinisterra to return to the Leeds United starting line-up on Sunday, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Jesse Marsch’s side welcomes top-of-the-table Arsenal to Elland Road but the Leeds boss has a selection dilemma ahead of kick-off with Sinisterra, 23, available again after serving a one-match ban against Crystal Palace last week.

Ex-Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Hay believes Sinisterra needs to come back into the side but he’s not sure whether it’ll be Patrick Bamford or top goalscorer Rodrigo who’ll be axed to make room for the Colombian ace.

“Luis Sinisterra is back from suspension,” said Hay on The Athletic website. “It would make absolute sense to start him – which presents the choice of Patrick Bamford or Rodrigo at nine.

“I’m conflicted there because while it seems obvious that Bamford is more suited to that role in this system, he really didn’t look at all sharp at Palace. But is it best to go with him?”

Bamford out

Bamford’s got to be the one who’s dropped if Sinisterra starts.

Marsch could go with an unchanged line-up and start Sinisterra on the bench after his stupidity got himself sent off against Aston Villa earlier this month.

Prior to that red card, Sinisterra was in great form for both club and country but he’s also a player who’s bound to have way more of an impact as a substitute than Bamford or Rodrigo.

But if Sinisterra does start, we feel it should be Bamford who’s dropped.

The England international was in poor form against Crystal Palace and while we firmly believe that’s down to him being very rusty, we doubt that he’ll have shaken off that rust going into this game.

Rodrigo is Leeds’ top goalscorer and has proven himself in the centre-forward role this season.

He deserves to continue up front with Sinisterra, Brenden Aaronson and Jack Harrison in the roles behind and either side of him.

In other Leeds United news, Adam Forshaw has shared how Marsch tore into one player in front of everyone at traning.